Before the BIG March Saturday
NHS Trusts about to announce yet more closures – make sure those YOU need stay open
Today, a stay in hospital finds patients facing a shortage of nurses, and doctoring by remote control as doctors haven’t time to talk to patients – just glance at their notes and guess what should be done, Patients need to keep their wits about them to make sure things such as allergies aren’t overlooked.
After Saturday, sorry – once you have soaked your feet and rubbed away soreness, that is NOT it. You will need to keep up the pressure to safeguard local NHS services. Keep an eye on those that are particularly useful or important to you, and be prepared to take up the cudgels to protect them if the local STP decides they are redundant.
Whar 60 doctors said
Writing in an Open letter, published in the Sunday Times, over 60 eminent medics, including cancer guru Karol Sikora, wrote that standards of care in the NHS are “increasingly poor by international standards”.
We, as patients, may experience poor care, but once we are better, shrug this off as ‘bad luck’. But these doctors, consultants and specialists see what is going in their daily work, and are becoming increasingly concerned. Most have international reputations, and are not fooled by the NHS’s claim that the service is the envy of the world.
They say that we do not spend enough to give us adequate care, and call for increased funding to come from one of following:
- cash – patients paying and call for a Royal Commission to look into which will be the best option.
But chances are that there will be the usual ‘fudge’ over the NHS; The March will get media attention (I hope) but the fat-cats divvying up NHS spoils will have to be watched very carefully so they don’t get away with closures. Oh – and the Budget will announce a token amount of money being clawed back from other sources to be given to the NHS – which will melt away by next year, leaving the UK in the same sorry health mess.
What’s in this for YOU?
If something isn’t sorted out to bring NHS care up to world standards, we risk higher rates of infant mortality, longer waiting lists, more effective drugs in use elsewhere but withheld from us – and dropping even further behind other countries in survival rates.
Or, as it says in the letter, “without radical change the NHS will wither and die” – taking us back to paying for every pain killer, bandage and operation, unless we pay for private insurance.
If you are worried where the NHS is going, a letter or email to your MP to say which might be your preferred option to fund the NHS will tell them you are concerned, and make them realise it is important to us.