When will private hospitals begin to offer alternative A&E option?” NHS worse in Wales”. Close the doors!

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..

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Jason Groves for The Daily Mail on 1st January 2015 reports: “NHS worse in Wales”

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

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

BBC News reports: ‘Major incidents’ remain at hospitals in England

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.”….

Chris Smyth in The Times has another slant: NHS helpline blunders
led to A&E meltdown

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.”

 

 

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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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