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UK finds a way to keep political health care pledge
Posted by: McQ on Monday, February 18, 2008

It is vitally important that politicians are seen to keep their pledges - especially concerning improving health care. In merry old England, Labour has promised to improve the timeliness of emergency care, and by gosh, NHS has found a way to do that:
Seriously ill patients are being kept in ambulances outside hospitals for hours so NHS trusts do not miss Government targets.

Thousands of people a year are having to wait outside accident and emergency departments because trusts will not let them in until they can treat them within four hours, in line with a Labour pledge.

The hold-ups mean ambulances are not available to answer fresh 999 calls.
The wonderful world of government health care where bureaucracies rule and being in charge means never having to say you're sorry.
Figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats show that last year 43,576 patients waited longer than one hour before being let into emergency units.
Ah yes, the "golden hour" so many trauma doctors talk about.
Dr Jonathan Fielden of the British Medical Association said: "The vast majority of patients coming into hospital by ambulance are in critical need of care in hospital and therefore delay can worsen their outcome."
Why is this?

Because, apparently, doctors are tired of the hours and don't seem to care about the pay and have "opted out" of the after hours care system:
But a shortage of out-of-hours GP care, after thousands of doctors opted out of treating patients outside working hours under lucrative new contracts, means more and more are going to casualty units, putting them under greater pressure.
Said Liberal Democrat health spokesman Norman Lamb:
"This is evidence of shocking systematic failure in our emergency services," he said.
Ya think?
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