April 22, 2018

Hospital consultants write to PM over 'concerns'

14 January 2018, 12:17 | Franklin Nunez

Last month only three quarters of patients were seen within four hours at large A&EsPA

Last month only three quarters of patients were seen within four hours at large A&Es

Statistics from Health Protection Scotland revealed around 46 Scots in every 100,000 were suffering from the virus, compared to 22 in every 100,000 for the same period in 2016. That has gone to 107 per 100,000 - that is four times the level of flu in this week a year ago. Just over half of the circulating strains of flu...

"That's why we recently announced the largest single increase in doctor training places in the history of the NHS - a 25 per cent expansion".

The HPS report said: "Vaccination of those eligible for seasonal influenza remains the most important preventative measure to reduce influenza".

The Prime Minister and Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt last week repeatedly claimed the NHS is better prepared than ever before this winter.

According to a spokeswoman from the Department of Health and Social Care as a response to this letter, there is a 68.7% increase in the number of A&E consultants over the past 7-8 years and that "NHS was given top priority in the recent budget with an extra £2.8 billion allocated over the next two years".

One quarter of all patients had to wait for over four hours to get a bed in the emergency last month says the survey on performance of the A&E departments.

BMA Scotland, which represents Scottish doctors, warned on Wednesday the current situation should not be dismissed as "the inevitable increase in pressure that winter brings".

"Thousands of patients are waiting in ambulances for hours as the hospitals lack adequate space", they wrote.

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Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson called for a temporary halt on any planned cuts to hospital bed numbers.

But Ms Davidson said there were nearly 2,000 fewer hospital beds in Scotland than there were five years ago, when the total was more than 23,000.

A spokesman for the Vic said the severity of cases seen last month meant people were spending longer on the ward, while the success of efforts to get patients with more minor conditions to seek treatment elsewhere - such as walk-in centres - meant a greater proportion of those seen at the hospital needed more intensive treatment, causing delays for other patients.

Ms Sturgeon responded that "hundreds of additional winter surge beds" had been set up in hospitals as part of NHS winter planning.

He said Mr Wilson later spent 13 hours on a trolley in the accident and emergency unit.

In the meantime we would like to apologise to our patients for being unable to fulfil our pledge for a safe efficient service and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the staff.

"I've seen on the news your answer is "we are doing better than England". Is this a joke?" This impacts on patient flow through the hospital and results in patients waiting longer in A&E.

The first minister added: "I am not standing here saying, and we have not said at any stage, that some patients are not waiting longer during these winter times than we would want them to wait".

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