Post by Handsome Jack Post by John
"Jeremy Hunt urged to public to stay away from A&E units so that the most
urgent cases can get the care they need".
So there's the public, and then there's urgent cases.
I don't think he's defined urgent. Is a broken arm urgent? A bleeding
scalp? Acute abdominal pain for which no doctor has yet given a diagnosis?
Urinary tract infections? Rapid heartbeat?
I'm lucky I can usually get a GP appointment within 3-4 days, but if I have
a health problem which needs attention before I can access my GP what does
If it's serious enough to need treatment, he expects you to go to A&E,
and neither he nor anyone else has ever said otherwise, except fuckwits
or political opponents who are trying to misrepresent his position.
No, he expects the public to know whether or not their condition is
serious enough to require an A&E visit.
And he's pretending that everything is fine, it's just that some
irresponsible members of the public have temporarily overcrowded the
A&Es because of their own stupidity. No doctor has told him that. It's
his own fuckwitted theory.
Back in the real world....
More than a quarter of accident and emergency units are dangerously
overcrowded after the busiest day on record for the NHS, senior doctors
Taj Hassan, president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said
that 25 to 30 per cent of A&E departments were dealing with fewer than
75 per cent of patients within four hours — the “magic mark” for safety.
“When it gets below 75 per cent it becomes very overcrowded and that is
when it becomes unsafe. There are delays in assessment of patients,
there are delays in pain relief, there are delays in antibiotics being
given, and basic patient dignity is compromised,” he told The Times.
“All the measures of system performance clearly indicate that we are in
the worst level of system performance for over a decade.”
What is the problem? Some 400,000 fewer older patients getting help from
councils means more end up in hospital. Norovirus outbreaks are running
higher than usual and older people often have a stubborn viral cough.
What are the effects? More patients arriving at A&E need a bed. Mid
Essex hospital said 41 per cent of patients needed admission at the
weekend, twice the normal rate.
What is the solution? Relatives and care homes need someone to call if
older people become unwell. Some areas are promising to develop 24/7
teams that will send a paramedic to older patients’ homes to avoid a