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January A&E figures 'worst ever'

9th February 2017

Leaked figures show record numbers of patients spent more than four hours in A&E units in England in January.


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MIKHAN KHAN

Tuesday 14th February 2017 @ 19:13

Sir,

Day in and day out, data is published giving the details of the hardships of the patients and the never-ending waiting time for them. And now this is the latest.

There is no denying the fact that patients, who are already suffering from their ailments, have had to wait for more than 4 hours at the A&E. And every time a report is published about this, the PM and the Government are blamed for the malady. Dr. Chris Moulton, Vice President of Royal College of Emergency has rightly said that apart from increasing the number of doctors, the more pressing problem is lack of beds. He has also said that "we simply do not have any more room to put patients....". Mr. Jim Mackey, Chief Executive of NHS Improvement has correctly pointed out that the intense pressure on Emergency services has a real impact on elective services and patients are having to wait for non-emergency treatment, which in turn is adding to financial pressures and, even with these pressures, the NHS continues to out-perform health systems in other major nations.

It is reported elsewhere that during January the Doctors and the attending staff have been under tremendous pressure and the patients too have had to suffer a lot.

No doubt, the Government is doing its best to tackle the situation and is pumping enormous amount of funds into the system. It would be desirable if the reporting bodies also come out with feasible suggestions to help ease the situation.

One remedy could be to, somehow, curtail the inflow of patients to the A&E Care and Hospitals by educating and persuading them NOT to rush into these for simple and manageable ailments such as a nagging headache or a dis-comforting cold. Perhaps, if the Government can think of, if possible, levying a very small and negligible fee--even as small as a paltry 10-20 pence--for each visit, it will go a long way in reducing the rush of patients and take away the pressure from these Units, resulting also in reducing the waiting time for them.


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