Northern Ireland health collapses. It would be kinder to bring in co-payments than to let more suffer.

It looks as if the implosion of the different dispensations will begin in N Ireland where, without leadership and government for some years, the health budget and the recruitment are both broken. It would be kinder to bring in co-payments immediately… than to let more and more people suffer.

NHSreality appreciates that the 4 health services in the UK are all dependent on overseas staffing. We will need these people for a lot longer yet…

Claire McNeilly in the Belfast Telegraph 21st November 2019 reports: Nurses believe Northern Ireland health service is near to collapse, says frontline professional

Northern Ireland nurses are chronically stressed, suffering sleepless nights and pushed to the brink of exhaustion – with some even ending up crying in hospital sluice rooms.

The shocking revelation comes as the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) prepares for strike action, amid a dispute around staffing and pay, for the first time in its 103-year history.

Such an unprecedented move “goes against the grain of every single carer in the profession”, an experienced frontline nurse and RCN Northern Ireland board member told the Belfast Telegraph.

But Helen McNeilly said her colleagues – who number around 8,000 – have been pushed into making the difficult and highly contentious decision to down tools on December 18, after a two-week ‘work to rule’ period leading up to that date.

“Nurses are telling us there isn’t enough staff to deal with the ever-increasing number of patients that need to be treated… and they feel the whole system is close to collapse,” said Helen.

“Nurses are working 13-hour shifts without breaks, they’re stressed and they’re having sleepless nights worrying about work.

“Not only are they lucky if they get a 20-minute break during a shift that lasts from 7.30am until 8.30pm, many are then staying late to complete documentation and quite often that’s unclaimed overtime.

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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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