Supporters of the NHS have reacted in fury after the Red Cross claimed hospitals were facing a ‘humanitarian crisis’ after its worst week in 15 years.
But former doctor and now MP for Totnes Sarah Wollaston who is chairman of the Health Select Committee bit back, saying: ‘There is a crisis in social care provision but the term ‘humanitarian crisis’ is too strong. (Link)
So which bit is wrong?
- The fact that hospitals across the nation issued advice not to go to A&E unless you were dying,
- Or the bit that it is acceptable that two patients died on trolleys in corridors.
One woman reportedly died of heart attack after waiting 35 hours on trolley in corridor at busy Worcestershire Royal hospital
- How’s about the Red Cross ferrying patients around while ambulances were stacked up waiting for patients to even make it through the doors into A&E.
- Mike Adamson, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said: “We’ve seen people sent home without clothes, some suffer falls and are not found for days, while others are not washed because there is no carer there to help them.
- Up to 15 ambulances at a time have been left queuing at York Hospital as A&E struggles to cope with a surge in patient numbers.
- A paramedic has told how 16 or 17 patients on trolleys waiting to be seen inside at the same hospital.
- Another has told how ambulances are regularly left waiting for many hours at a time because the hospital is so inundated with patients.
- The ambulance service concerns have come as an NHS report detailed how one patient was left waiting on a trolley in York Hospital for almost 15 hours, even though the decision to admit him was made soon after he arrived.
- A patient waited almost 20 hours in A&E for a bed to be found as hospital staff worked flat-out to keep up with a surge in winter emergencies. According to Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin, who said she has raised a string of complaints about chaotic scenes in A&E at Dewsbury and District Hospital.
- The Daily Telegraph has seen an NHS memo telling health officials that the “most important thing” is to avoid language such as “black alert” – the phrase used to denote the most serious level of emergency.
- I’m not at all surprised that people are literally dying in the corridors, this is no health service – it’s hell for the staff and patients. said John Freeman, whose wife Pauline waited 24 hours on a trolley after suffering a stroke on New Year’s Day. 24 hours with a stroke, this is care?
- A man died after suffering an aneurysm while waiting on a trolley while a third patient was found hanged on a ward.
Do I have to go on?
This is a humanitarian crisis, caused by underfunding and a top-heavy over paid management system with too few front line staff in hospitals and the collapse of care in the community we’ve seen developing for YEARS!
People are dying and for some pathetic ex-doctor, the MP for Totnes Sarah Wollaston who is chairman of the Health Select Committee, to say it’s not a crisis (let alone a total cluster fk.) demonstrates exactly how out of touch with reality the current Conservative (Tory) government is!
Currently it might make sense for the ill to get on a ferry and waste a few hours on the trip to France or just about anywhere in Europe where they will probably receive better care.
And to think, people want to come and live here?