NHS in crisis all year round, bosses insist

The PM and minister of health are in denial. The trouble is that it seems to be inherited, even from one administration to another of the opposite belief! The tide of technology advancement is swamping the 4 UK Health Services.

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Kat Lay in The Times June 14th 2018 reported:  NHS in crisis all year round, bosses insist


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The annual NHS winter crisis now lasts all year, a health service report says. Rising demand and flat funding are “not just a winter phenomenon affecting accident and emergency departments”, the NHS Confederation says in System under Strain.

It points out that the target for 95 per cent of patients to wait no longer than four hours in accident and emergency was last met in July 2015 and the number of 999 calls rose by 21 per cent between 2013-14 and 2016-17. Twenty-seven per cent of patients wait 11 weeks or more for eating disorder services.

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the body, which represents NHS trusts and health authorities, said: “Without new ways of delivering services and sustained investment, NHS and care services will simply not be able to cope. We are not currently doing enough for the old, the sick and the vulnerable, and as things stand it will get worse.”

In an editorial in the British Journal of Hospital Medicine, Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “The NHS is struggling to cope with year-long pressure, worsened in winter, and the capacity to treat all patients quickly and safely.” He repeated calls to consider an annual two-month break in elective surgery….

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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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