Were you affected by Doctors’ strike? Or one of thousands waiting for re-scheduled appointments?
Doctors didn’t get what they wanted, so patients may have more disruption. Jeremy Hunt? He will have learnt nothing – Cameron put him there to carry out unpopular measures. The way Government works (or doesn’t – according to your views) Hunt will follow his predecessor, Andrew Lansley: resign after he’s done his stint, wait a year, then get a well-paid job, perhaps in private sector.
And our post cancer survival rates, maternity mortality rates etc. will continue to shock.
Whilst Hunt plays ducks and drakes with NHS funds, robbing Peter to pay Paul, and shuffling funding around to funnel scarce funds to latest ‘in’ problem; in typical NHS fashion this will be done by putting outgoings under another heading – and result will be that cancer gets even less help. Cynically the NHS knows many patients will be forced to find the money to go privately (mortgage, Equity Release, bank loan, crowd funding are all being used) to pay for private treatment. Those who can’t manage this will just go to the back of an ever-lengthening queue
During the strike Anna had a mini-stroke; spent six hours in local ‘special stroke unit’ waiting for an MRI Scan and other tests. Eventually she had one quick Doppler scan and ten minutes with a Consultant. Was told to return another day for MRI scan; when she did she was told she wouldn’t get results for 6 – 8 weeks!
Scared, she wanted to know what had happened. No compassion – she would have to wait. Too worried to do this, she paid to see Consultant privately – and has started rehab, even though she won’t see her NHS consultant for another five weeks..
What else happened
Some patients had superb care during the strike, attended by Consultants instead of Junior Doctors (JD). Good for them. If only we could always have this level of care. Meanwhile the JDs were on picket lines outside, and frankly not really explaining what it was all about so patients could understand.
As one noted NHS correspondent wrote, ”
As respected guru Roy Lilley wrote,