As it gets worse, YOU are going to have to wait longer and longer – or pay up. A “grim reality”..

Waiting times are getting longer, ( and worse in Wales ) especially for non-acute surgery ( cold orthopaedics is the most common ) and since bed occupancy is getting higher, cross infections and complications will also rise. In other words standards will fall. As it gets worse, YOU are going to have to wait longer and longer – or pay up. Increased funding is needed in the short term, perhaps up to 30% of GDP if we are to reverse the decline in standards, but longer term we have to ration overtly. Patients need to know what is not going to be covered, their options in getting cover, and they also need faith that we have avoided a two tier service for fearful conditions..

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The BBC Team reports 1st June 2017: Long waits for surgery ‘have tripled in four years’

The number of patients waiting six months or more for surgery has tripled over the past four years in England, the Royal College of Surgeons has said.

In March, nearly 130,000 people had been waiting for operations after being referred by a consultant, compared with 45,000 in March 2013.

But nine out of 10 patients were still treated within 18 weeks, data shows.

The surgeons said they were concerned that many more patients would wait longer for surgery in the future.

Earlier this year, NHS England boss Simon Stevens said growing pressures in the health service meant he could no longer guarantee treatment within the 18-week target time for operations such as knee and hip replacements.

The Royal College of Surgeons says this is resulting in more people waiting for six-nine months or more for surgery, in specialities such as ear, nose and throat, brain and spinal, and general surgery.

The biggest increases in waiting times have been in dermatology and gynaecology.

 

Georgia Diabelius for metro.co.uk reports: NHS surgery patients to face even longer wait for operations

Tom Gordon reports in the Herald Scotland: Sturgeon accused as more wait to be treated in hospital

Hugh Pym opines: Whose election promise adds up for the NHS?

and Nick Triggle opines: Conservative manifesto: Why many will pay more for care

To talk of a ‘postcode lottery’ is absurd…Sometimes we can’t find the postcode…and then we have to make up a different rule

NHS Wales waiting times more than double in six months

Access to surgery becomes more and more a postcode lottery. Royal College of Surgeons praised by NHSreality for bringing honesty to the debate.

“Appalling care” in Gloucestershire hospitals due to mismanagement, warns whistleblower

Orthopaedic waiting lists: time for more, and equal access to, non-urgent centres

Dennis Campbell in The Guardian 1st June: ‘A grim reality’: concern over longer waits for NHS operations

Dennis Rodger in the Birmingham Post: MILLIONS to be stuck on NHS waiting lists by 2019

An NHS Improvement presentation leaked to the Health Service Journal (HSJ) estimates a potential rise to 5.5 million

 

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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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