In the Times 9th Jan 2017 Sam Coates reports: Just a handful of patients on trolleys now, says Hunt and Michael Savage reports: “Talk of an NHS crisis is overblown, Tories Insist” & “Two patients die each day from thirst or starvation“… Laura Donnelly reports in The Telegraph 7th Jan 2017 ‘Humanitarian crisis’ in NHS warns British Red Cross as A&Es are overwhelmed by demand” and, in keeping with the “post truth” service, says “Heads of NHS trusts urged to play down scale of crisis on wards“.. Katie Gibbons in the Times tells it as it really is: Shortage of beds “means doctors choose who lives” (Hospital: Wednesday, BBC Two 9pm) More importantly, Jane Merrick opines “Our health service needs a national solution” – The crisis in A&E has caught the public’s attention and needs to be addressed by all parties, (see below) but all these avoid the “R” word, as does Chris Ham in his letter to the Times today… Rationing by denial?
Mike Adamson of the Red Cross opines in the Times 9th Jan 2017 on the trolley delayed patients: Try telling patients on a trolley this isn’t a crisis – The Red Cross believes that the suffering in A&E is not unlike that in war zones
….This humanitarian crisis needs urgent action.
In considering making this statement, I went back and looked closely at the definition of a humanitarian crisis: it refers to the scale and depth of need facing a population.
In this case we are seeing large numbers of vulnerable people facing a threat to their health, safety or well-being. At the most extreme end this has led to deaths; in a broader way it has led to prolonged physical and mental distress….
We are talking about this now because there has been a significant change in the system over recent months, as demonstrated by the Nuffield Trust research last week showing that a third of NHS trusts were at their highest or second-highest level of pressure. Over new year we were called in to support the East Midlands Ambulance Service across Nottingham, Leicester, Lincoln, Kettering and Northampton. One hospital in the southwest last week specifically requested our help in A&E to get things moving….
It is clear this is not something that is going to go away overnight. We all need to work together to solve this problem…..
The Full text of Kate Gibbons article is here: shortage-of-beds-means-doctors-choose-who-lives
Jane Merrick opines: our-health-service-needs-a-national-solution