5.45 million patients are now in need of routine treatment, and this does not include those in need of urgent treatment. I know that people will find this upsetting and demoralising but take a step back and think what this is doing to NHS staff.
Doctors are warning that the NHS and its staff is running on empty, and being a Governor and having friends who work in the NHS I can absolutely concur that they are beyond tired. Not just tired but exhausted and no sooner have they fought off the Virus (which is still affecting people), but they are now having to work against the budget.
This is not fair as it is a constant brick wall the care providers are hitting. How can they be expected to catch up when the NHS is cash strapped.
If the Government expect the NHS to try and catch up then they need to open up the cheque book as it will require overtime for staff, overtime for the equipment use and having more wards open. Cannot expect the staff to manage with one hand tied behind their backs.
Data released by NHS England today revealed the list grew by 2.8 per cent in June to reach the highest-ever figure since records began in 2007. This is not a reflection on the NHS but rather the impact of Covid and bless them the NHS are now going to try and catch up.
One of the things that I would get a grip on is the high procurement costs that the NHS spend and this will be another blog, but it seems to be that when it has a NHS order number on it up goes the costs. This needs to be stopped and greater value for money demanded.
With regards to the staff you cannot meet a finer bunch of people and I will always back up the NHS staff as they do an unbelievable hard job as lets face it, we the consumers, the customers, the patients have such a high expectation for us, our parents, our children that we often cannot see the woods for the trees.
Other figures underlining the severity of the summer crisis revealed:
- The ambulance service answered its highest number of 999 alerts ever in July, with more than one million calls made — the equivalent of one every two-and-a-half seconds;
- Average ambulance response times for life-threatening calls such as cardiac arrests rose to their highest levels since 2017;
- Just 77.7 per cent of A&E patients were treated within four hours — the lowest rate since records began.
I know that people when they ring 999 for an ambulance are worried about their relative, and I myself have needed the ambulance for my mum and I did not even think about the pandemic…just that my mum needed an ambulance. The ambulance side of the NHS need more money as despite waiting for some 2 hours the ambulance had still not turned up and my daughter and I got her to the hospital. I am not ashamed to say that I made a complaint as the person on the phone said “let me know when they arrive at your door, they are on their way”….and nothing…it was just an untruth and that I did not like. There has to be an improvement in what is said to the people who are desperately worried about their relatives and there needs to be more ambulances made available, and further training so staff can say….one is not available. We would sooner have the truth.
I guess it is a catch 22 situation, we expect an ambulance to be there when we need it yet the ambulance service has limited funds. This is another area that needs a massive investment as more often than not, the ambulance crew is the difference in some cases whether a patient survives or dies. This is why we need to invest more.
I know that my whole blog is asking for more money for the NHS but that is the crux of it. We need to as a country inject more money into the one thing we treasure the most. The population of this country has gone up some 10 million in the last decade and our system cannot cope with this. Like any big organisation that has customers it needs to expand, and this is what is needed for the NHS. The problem is that a politician is in charge and not someone who actually knows how the NHS works.
Matt Hancock worked in the family firm before he went into Parliament and he specialised in Economics, Savid Javid….another Economic life for him before Parliament….where on earth are the actual specialists? Why is a Doctor not running the NHS? Someone who worked in the NHS would know what was needed and fight harder for it as lets face it, those who are the Health Secretaries do it for nothing more than a political career move. They do it for them and not for us.
I do not agree with increasing the tax on those over 40 for services in their old age, we should raise the taxes by a 2p for all and ensure that it goes into the NHS coffers as we know that any raise would not go to the area it is needed the most unless demanded. The Government needs to assure the public that any NHS increase would go to the NHS and the Ambulance service and not into the pockets of companies who have mates in political powers. The billions this Government has wasted is disgusting and they should be made to justify it before the people.
It is no good saying we are in a pandemic…..they have continued to keep feeding the fat pockets for their chums or in the case of Hancock for his pub landlord… we know it is sleaze. The Public Accounts Committee said emergency spending by the government had soared above £370 billion pounds – including cash wasted on unusable PPE.
£370 billion pounds wasted …. the NHS cost the taxpayer £212 billion pounds in 2020, that is 78% less than the fiasco with the PPE. Why didn’t the Government hand it over to the NHS as they could have done the job and still had money for catching up.
We need to demand that a Consultant/Doctor is in place to run the Health Department. With Hancock’s departure, the government had an opportunity for a clean slate. Boris Johnson could have taken this opportunity to kick the private companies that leech on our health service out for good. And he could have ensured that the advocates of privatisation in DHSC were shown the door, too.
Instead, we’ve got Sajid Javid, a man who was—until just days ago—a £150,000-a-year advisor to the multinational investment bank JP Morgan – a bank which is also a major player on the private healthcare scene. He joins Edward Argar in the Department, a junior minister who previously worked as head of public affairs at Serco in Europe. We now have a department riddled with ministers with intimate ties to the private sector in charge of our health service. It’s headed by a banker, and deputised by an outsourcing giant’s former spin doctor. The revolving door of privatisation keeps turning. In and of itself, this would be bad enough. But Javid is also on record as being a strong advocate of privatisation of public services. https://tribunemag.co.uk/2021/06/why-sajid-javid-will-be-a-disaster-for-the-nhs
No Government whether Labour or Conservative can smile smugly thinking they have sorted the NHS out, and I am tired of these sleazy politicians using the NHS for nothing more than their political ammunition to get their very comfortable taxpayer funded life, and maybe if the NHS was really so important to them then they would work together and find the money to get the waiting list down, a decent pay for the staff, a fully funded ambulance service and correct PPE.
However, we are talking about politicians and they see no further than their own expenses.