Areas of NHS will implode this winter, expert warns of an “eternal winter”….

NHSreality has been warning about private Accident and Emergency departments opening up. It will not be long before there is one within 2 hours of where you live. And that will be much shorter than the wait at your local. You will also see an experienced doctor.. Its going to get worse..

Guardian reports 14th October 2016: Areas of NHS will implode this winter, expert warns

Dr Mark Holland of Society for Acute Medicine says service is on its knees as A&E performance in England shows fall

Parts of the NHS “will implode” this winter, an expert has warned, as new figures show falling A&E performance over the past few months.

Dr Mark Holland, the president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said the days when summer used to provide a respite for busy emergency departments had gone, and instead the NHS faced an “eternal winter”.

The NHS was “on its knees” and a major increase in hospital admissions due to flu or the sickness bug norovirus could lead to collapse, he added.

Holland spoke out as new figures show that waiting times in A&E units in England this summer have been worse than for most winters stretching back more than a decade.

One in 10 patients waited more than four hours in A&E during June, July and August – worse than any winter in the past 12 years bar one, analysis by the BBC showed. Only last winter marked a worse performance since the target was launched in 2004.

Data from NHS England for the summer also showed hospitals are missing key targets for cancer cases, routine operations and ambulance response times. Delayed discharges – where patients are stuck in hospital despite being medically fit to leave – continued to rise, with a record high during August.

The Local Government Association has said a funding gap of at least £2.6bn is opening up for providing social care in the community. This affects discharges because care packages are not always in place for those leaving hospital.

Holland said: “The NHS is on its knees and, this winter, areas will implode around the country. There is no reserve left. We coined the phrase ‘eternal winter’….

…The shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, said: “’The figures expose the Tories’ record of failure on the NHS.

“On Jeremy Hunt’s watch hospitals are now bursting at the seams with thousands of people waiting hours in overcrowded A&E departments and on hospital trolleys.

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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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