Wales records worst ever A&E waiting times. Use the GPs…

It is my opinion that every GP should now have a contractual commitment to do emergency and out of hours care pro rata with their work commitment in practice. It is only by having experience at the hot end when patients attend that they can be dealt with efficiently.

This would be an unpopular measure, especially with those bringing up children. It would be temporary until we have regained enough doctors and staff to man the 4 health services. But in emergency times you sometimes need emergency solutions. To get the GPs into A&E will need money – lots of it, and their practices will suffer. So it may be extea paramedical staff are needed in GP surgeries.. 

ITV news 21st January reports: Wales records worst ever A&E waiting times

A&E departments in Wales have recorded their worst ever waiting times with just 72.1% of patients seen within four hours in December.

This figure is down significantly from the year before which saw 77.8% of patients seen within the target time.

The next worse-performing hospitals are Ysbyty Glan Clwyd at 52.5% and Royal Gwent at 53%.

The target set by the Welsh Government is for 95% of patients to be seen in that time.

6,656
patients waited more than 12 hours which is a record high.
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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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