- NHS’s top doctor said system ‘not built around patient convenience’
- Professor Sir Bruce Keough wants to introduce penalties for hospitals where patients experience poor care at weekends
- Follows research showing lives lost needlessly because of shortage of senior doctors on Saturdays and Sundays
This would be fine – if we had enough doctors. We don’t. Poor manpower planning has let to a 10 year lead-in shortage, and the only way for administrators to respond to the “knee jerk” response from the Minister is to import doctors from other countries, usually those who least need to lose their medical professionals…. I will be interested to see who is staffing the GP posts in the Welsh Valleys in 5 year’s time, when the current 1970s imports are retired. Plus ca change…. It is unethical to ration by deliberate undercapacity, and denying British students with the desire and the ability, to be doctors when they are so needed.