(No defence of the government, just my tuppence)
There needs to be a better system in place to stop people presenting at a&e with minor ailments. If only those who genuinely needed a&e were there it might be a different story.
That being said, that means the whole system needs overhauled, being able to get a same day Gp appointment, seemless hospital to care discharges etc.
I’ve been thinking about his today, we use NHS 24 here ( same down south?). Clearly in an emergency you would call 999, but otherwise call NHS 24 and ask for advice, they may direct you to A&Ebut often not. If everyone done this before presenting, maybe the amount of non life threatening cases using up the precious time will reduce.
@claro Not entirely fool proof when a lady with MSK shoulder pain turns up in a 999 ambulance ‘query heart attack’
My 2 cents – its a multi-factorial crisis: a combination of chronic under-funding including social care and community resources, a demoralising media smear campaign, an aging population with poor planning, and occasionally the entitled attitude of people who have always had access to world class free health care, short sited planning of successive governments only looking to make promises to get elected.
If I was a health care worker in Scotland you could not make me work in NHS England for love nor money for any thing.
I don’t vote, it only serves to encourage them, but by inclination I would be tory. That said, no, I cannot defend the frightful mess that we are in, and what I find even more worrying is that a change of government won’t bring about any meaningful change.
My impending old age (I’m now 71) frightens the life out of me, when I think about it.