Poor or failing A&E performance becomes the “norm”..

Whilst Dennis Cambell reports on “Theresa May ‘in denial’ over NHS financial woes -Meg Hillier, chair of Commons spending watchdog, says evidence disproves PM’s claim the service is getting enough money”.


Theresa May was in denial about the extent of the NHS’s financial problems and should accept that its sums “just do not add up”, the government spending watchdog has claimed.

Meg Hillier, the chair of the Commons public accounts committee, wrote in a letter to the prime minister on Thursday that growing evidence disproved her insistence that the NHS was getting enough money.

Hillier, the MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, also accused NHS bosses, including its chief executive, Simon Stevens, of not telling May the truth about how grim the health service’s finances were….

Hillier is the second select committee chair this week to dispute the accuracy of May’s assertions that the NHS in England would receive £10bn extra funding by 2020-21 and that it was getting all the money it said it needed.

Earlier this week, the government rebutted the health select committee’s detailed critique of government statements about NHS funding, the accuracy of which is increasingly being challenged.

“In nine reports and multiple hearings we have had on the NHS this calendar year, concerns about the sustainability of the budget were very clear,” Hillier wrote.

“As you are aware, concerns have also been raised by the chair of the health select committee, Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, in her letter to the chancellor of the exchequer on 26 October. I was dismayed that the official government response was to deny there was any issue. This flies in the face of the evidence that our committees and the National Audit Office have uncovered.”

Tom Peck in the Independent reveals the truth about A&E (3rd November 2016): Poor A&E performance ‘becoming the norm’ – A new report says the target A&E waiting times of four hours is being missed ’95 per cent of the time’

The HSJ warned the government in January 2015: ‘Internal major incidents’ have become the new NHS norm

ITV News brings you up to date today: Poor A&E performance has ‘become the norm’, MPs warn – ITV News – nothing has changed, and it cannot, because it takes many years from starting training to become a useful casualty officer.

Last winter BBC News gave a “winter tracker” reflecting bed availability, waiting times, and bed blocking:: NHS Winter 2014-15: Weekly A&E tracker – BBC News

These are the reports from 2015. Watch as they are repeated and worse this winter.

A&E waiting times ‘getting worse’ – BBC News



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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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