Emergency Units (the safety net) are failing…. Wales is “bust”…

It cannot help A&E departments if GP Surgeries close. Although GPs are not contracted for emergency care, the lack of appointments means that non urgent conditions become urgent. This applies also to dentistry. The failure of the basic safety net, which is meant to dispel the fear that treatment might be too expensive or unavailable, is going to lead to panic and civil unrest….. The lack of staff, unwillingness to be a doctor in a rural area, and morale issues all add up. The chief whistleblower is asking to shut the door on moaning …. but the horse has bolted.

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Nick Triggle on 11th October reports for BBC news: Safety fears in two-thirds of England’s A&Es, inspectors say

Safety concerns have been raised about two-thirds of A&E units in England, with inspectors blaming underfunding of council care services for causing overcrowding in hospitals.

The Care Quality Commission review said emergency care was one of the poorest-performing parts of the system.

It cited safety as a major weakness, with 22 of 184 units rated inadequate and another 95 requiring improvement….

13th October: Summer 2016 ‘worse than most winters for A&E’

Waiting times in A&E units in England this summer have been worse than every winter for the past 12 years bar one, figures show.

The colder months have traditionally been the most difficult for hospitals.

But pressures have grown so much that this summer saw one in 10 patients wait for over four hours in A&E during June, July and August….

David Rhodes reports 12th October 016: ‘Cleaner world’ increases allergy hospital admissions by 33% in five years

Hugh Pym reports on 12th October 2016: Let struggling GP surgeries fail, says NHS England letter

Faye Kirkland reports 12th October: Hospitals and GP practices fail to check for HIV

Owain Clarke reports 13th October: NHS Wales: £700m ‘black hole’ fear as pressures rise


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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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