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A&E four hour wait has risen

16th March 2017

Figures show a rise of more than 300% at some hospitals of patients waiting four or more hours at A&E.

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Friday 17th March 2017 @ 18:55


The article/news report of the BBC News makes interesting reading. However, this is neither the first article in this matter nor will it be the last.

It is reported that the patients` waiting for more hours at A&E has risen 300% at some hospitals. It is pointed out that the level of unnecessary visits in the UK is very low and the problem is lack of resources at the hospitals. Yet another person says that the problem is shortage of beds and funds at the hospitals. NHS, to whom the blame seems to be apportioned, has denied that the rise in delays is largely caused by a shortage of beds and resources.

NHS has rightly pointed out that the delays in being able to discharge patients as a result of pressure in social care is to be blamed. NHS and Government are pumping billions of pounds into the Health program and the claim of lack of funds as the reason seems untenable. It is desirable that the Government/NHS should form an expert committee to go into this aspect and conduct on-the-spot-survey at least in some hospitals to ascertain if ALL the patients rushing to the A&E are indeed in need of urgent medical attention; and if the survey reveals contrary results, the Committee should recommend to the Government/NHS the remedial

measures to be taken to remove this seemingly never ending problem. Surely, the mindset of a large number of patients is to rush to A&E even for simple and manageable ailments. The Government/NHS should do everything possible to change this mindset by all persuasive methods. And, one of the remedial actions could be for the Government to levy a very small and negligible fee for every visit to the hospital, instead of giving everything free; this action, though difficult to implement due to several reasons, including political, will undoubtedly result in drastically reducing the number of patients visiting the hospitals for simple maladies.

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