Distracted at the Health and Social Services wheels : as the wheels come off

We are awaiting an announcement for a new minister of Health (England) and Theresa May will be tempted to provide doctors with a new “person” to deal with. But the EU situation is taking priority (rightly) so the population is unaware of the state of at management of their health services.. It is because of staff and trainee and medical student rationing that a doctor has fallen asleep at the wheel of his car. Politicians have no such excuse… The lack of capacity for care for the elderly is the biggest threat..

Lara Dearden reports in The Timnes 13th July:Exhausted doctor died asleep at wheel

An exhausted doctor died in a car crash after fighting to stay awake by singing to his wife on his hands-free mobile phone, an inquest heard.

Ronak Patel, 33, a trainee anaesthetist, was so tired after working three long night shifts ….

Nicola Woodcock reports: Elderly care faces collapse with £1.1bn black hole

Councils need an extra £1.1 billion for the care of older and disabled people to prevent the care system from collapsing, a hard-hitting report says today.

The new national living wage is putting extra pressure on care budgets, it says, and thousands have been affected by the closure of residential homes.

The report, by the Directors of Adult Social Services, said that councils spent up to 35 per cent of their budgets on adult social care this year and the need to make savings left services stretched…..

Dennis Campbell in the Guardian reports: NHS care of elderly patients often poor and lacking dignity, report says

Researchers from LSE find large number of patients treated with insufficient respect in vast majority of NHS England hospitals

(The LSE report is here..)


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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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