NHSreality asks “When will private hospitals begin to offer alternative A&E option?” as the meltdown of the health service continues. The only option is immediate co-payments and then planned, overt rationing. Don’t expect any meaningful change or discussion until after the election. Does David Cameron really wish to bring back the 24 hour GP contract? Prolonged undercapacity and short-termism have led to this crisis… It’s going to get worse..
House of commons library carry out first comparative study of healthcare. Finds patients in Wales are waiting longer for vital tests than in England. They also wait longer for life saving treatment and for ambulances and they will also be seen more slowly in A&E
BBC News reports: Labour seeks summit to find A&E ‘fix’ and ambulance waiting times increase so that: Rugby – Leg-break player waits three hours on pitch for ambulance
- A&E waiting is worst for a decade
- Hospital ‘major incidents’ persist
- NHS Winter 2014-15: Weekly A&E tracker
Freyaleng reports in The Cambridge News: A&E figures: Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) is worst performing trust in the country and ITV News: Addenbrooke’s Hospital latest to declare major incident
Hospitals most affected
- The Royal Stoke University Hospital
- The County Hospital, Stafford
- Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
- Cheltenham General Hospital
- Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals
- Walsall Manor Hospital
- Royal Bolton Hospital
- Peterborough City Hospital
- Croydon University Hospital
- Addenbrooke’s Hospital
West Midlands Ambulance paramedic Stuart Gardiner, who is a Unison branch vice-chairman, said: “They actually locked the front doors for the A&E department [at Royal Stoke University Hospital] so we couldn’t get in. Our management team had to phone up to try to get us in.”….
A surge in patients sent to accident and emergency units by unqualified call handlers was blamed last night for helping to tip hospitals into “meltdown”.
Operators on the non-emergency NHS 111 helpline, who have no medical training, were needlessly advising callers to attend A&E in what has become a “huge problem”, experts said.
Official figures show that NHS 111 sends 50 per cent more patients to A&E at the weekend, when GPs and other services are shut, placing a huge strain on hospitals.
Doctors’ leaders said that nurses, who handled calls to NHS Direct, the previous incarnation of the helpline, had the experience to know when patients did not need to go to hospital…..
…David Cameron admitted that the NHS was under pressure but insisted the problems would be short-lived. “We’ve got a short-term pressure issue which we need to meet with resources and management,” he told the BBC. “We’ve got a longer-term issue, which is making sure that there are named GPs in your local area which are responsible for every single frail, elderly person.”