When I was the unfortunate recipient of “Emergency and Urgent Care” in my local casualty (That’s different from A&E as it excludes trauma) I thought my hospital was worse than others, but now I know they are all bad.. but perhaps some are worse than others. What is it that makes the non-rationed health service, universal and cradle to grave, with free access, treat elderly people as if they don’t matter? There are many answers and the culture needs changing. The first thing is to make the staff feel valued, and then they might change their attitudes…
How many people know what the new terminologies include or exclude? What is the purpose of rationing if it remains covert? The only answer I can think of is that it encourages the persistence of denial…. by all of us. Public, politicians and media.
The Times did cover the story below, but not on line 25th October: Patient, 84, died after 6 hours on A&E trolley. You might hope that something had been learned or done since 2015 but no! ( Patient dies on trolley after six hour wait for A&E at new flagship hospital – Jeremy Watson, November 6th 2015 in the Times ) or going back further , on 28th November 2013 Tom Knowles reported: Nurses ‘forgot’ patient, 84, over weekend.
You now need an advocate if you are in a UK Health Service Hospital. Someone who will make a noise for you, stir the shit and be a nuisance if things don’t happen. Unfortunately this might impact on the rest of the patients under the care of too few staff. Even I, a retired GP, would have benefitted from an advocate in my recent admission. Some things happen (or don’t happen) when you are unconscious or affected by drugs.
Donald Driver, 84, slid off a trolley and died minutes later at Coventry University Hospital. A daughter has spoken of her heartbreak after her elderly dad died after sliding off a hospital trolley he had been waiting on in a packed A&E for SIX hours.