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.
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….
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….