Fermanagh woman ‘abandoned’ by health service

BBC news reports 29th April 2013:

The family of a Fermanagh pensioner who has been waiting seven months for surgery on her broken arm have said they feel abandoned by the health service.

They said she is in constant pain since the fracture last October. She was told at the time she needed a plate fitted.

Her son said his mother felt let down by a system she had once believed in.

The Western Health and Social Care Trust said it intended to reduce waiting times by renovating wards.

Waiting times are becoming a nightmare across the NHS. They are not published overtly and fed through to GPs. Since Fund Holding, when waiting times interested every GP, there has never been accurate timely information available. In Wales of course the GP has no choice and has to refer locally. Whether choice is or is not available – surely overt information on waiting times and quality should be? When waiting lists are growing, more and more patients will be tempted to go privately, and thus increase inequalities.

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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