NHS England is in a real crisis of monumental proportions this winter. These are typical headlines:
‘The worst conditions in memory’: NHS doctors describe a week in A&E
‘Red Cross chief says his ‘humanitarian crisis’ label for NHS fully justified – Politics live’
‘Ambulance workers say new cost-cutting measure risks lives’
‘Doctors accuse Theresa May of being ‘in denial’ over NHS hospital crisis’
Who is Donald Cameron. That’s him above. I don’t recall ever seeing him on TV. Remember the Scottish Tories are the ‘official opposition.’ So far all we’ve had were two teeny wee contributions from Labour’s Anas Sarwar trying to make something out of a small number of cancelled, non-urgent operations and a much exaggerated problem with bed-blocking. See:
All I can find from Donald in the last seven days is this:
‘£33m – the annual cost of Scotland’s needless A&E visits. Patients turning up at accident and emergency who don’t need to be there are costing the NHS at least £33 million a year, analysis has shown.’
Does he want those patients who are not sure, just to stay at home and, in some cases, die there? NHS Scotland’s budget last year was £12.2 billion so those worried but actually not very ill patients have wasted 0.27% of it. Remember, of course that if you are really worried, you’re supposed to go to A&E, just in case. Of course, in Tory-run NHS England they had plans to put stern-faced staff outside the doors of A&E units to scare folk away. Maybe this is what Tory Donald has in mind here?
‘Turned away at the door to A&E: Patients face a four-minute assessment by doctors and nurses to see if they really are seriously ill ‘
Jeremy Hunt gets it: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jeremy-hunt-nhs-one-or-two-hospitals-trouble-halth-secretary-red-cross-humanitarian-crisis-a-and-e-a7516926.html
If whatsisname is part of Team Ruth then surely he could arrange for “burley men” to be on guard to deter folk from using A&E
Would it have to be men?
Yea it would. The Ruthie Party alleged that burly (not burley – that would be George) MEN were keeping No voters away from the polls during Indyref1. Mind you I think the burly men turned out to be a wee wummin and a dug in the end (photographic evidence was produced by an alert Yesser. So, on second thoughts, maybe doesn’t have to be men – or even human:)
Are there no burly women in the Tory Party?
It’s the bbc wot’s sick.
Short but true.
Talking about a sick BBC. This morning for an example of a gender balanced cabinet KayE chose to go all the way to Canada ignoring Nicola Sturgeon’s gender balanced cabinet…… And not a single guest or caller pointed this out.
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John, about 18months ago when I had cause to take Mrs Muscleguy to A&E she got triaged first in a little booth room just off the waiting room after which she got taken fully into A&E for brief treatment. This was Ninewells in Dundee.
Such is actually good medical practice. You see it happening for eg in old episodes of Mash, Hawkeye goes along the stretchers deciding who is first into theatre, who can wait and who is to be made comfortable while the inevitable happens.
It is presumably part of how the waiting times in Scottish A&E’s is so good, for a start you can class the triage as ‘being seen’, secondly the worried well can be given advice and sent on their way meaning more space and less waiting time for those who do need it.
Thanks, useful info. Hope she was triaged inside the building tho?
Nine wells has been using the triage system in A & E for years that’s why they led in meeting the 4 hour target. Since then the Scottish Gov. have (endeavoured) to roll this out across the country.
Sounds like it needs rolled out south of the border too
A&E performance in Scotland Nov 2016: http://www.gov.scot/About/Performance/scotPerforms/NHSScotlandperformance/AE-LDP