Novelist. Author of APSARAS and tales from the beautiful Saigh Valley. First person to quantify spiritual values.

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Thursday 9 May 2013

A & E: An inconvenient truth

Faced with an anticipated shortfall in GP numbers, the last Socialist Administration renegotiated the terms of conditions, giving doctors a huge wage increase and waiving the requirement for 'out of hours' service. It is, however, an inconvenient truth that people do not necessarily fall sick during the hours of 9am and 5pm and as a consequence the hospital A & E departments are being overwhelmed with people desperate to find medical care and advice at night.
The socialists, predictably, are quick to point out that the coalicion, or more strictly, the Tories, cannot be trusted with the NHS, without feeling the neeed to point out their part in the story which has directly led to an extra 1 million people attending the A & E departments. Given that each patient needs to be assessed fully for fear of falling foul of the various health, safety and human rights legislation, it is becoming impossible to accommodate this increase.
Surely there is a need for realism, here. People should be more careful about falling ill; it is non productive, inconveneient and potentially divisive. If people insist on being sick, then they should accept that any treatment by the NHS should be free from the possibilty  of legal retribution. Repeal the human Rights legislation and those laws which allow Public Bodies to be sued. Under these conditions, doctors, might feel able to expand their services in pursuit of their calling. Working with the general public is never easy, particularly when faced with aggressive patients who insist on being given sick notes, and GPs and hospital doctors need to be protected from abuse at every level.

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