Brits stand to wait years for non-urgent NHS procedures after bosses revealed they had given up striving to beat targets, and hospital bosses maintain a deficit of staff and funds makes it difficult to reach goals for A&E, cancer care and routine surgery at the same time.
They say they have been pressured to prioritise A&E and cancer services in an effort to preserve lives and their own jobs, and at least one trust is contemplating ending non-urgent or elective procedures all together to make ends meet.
Yet this suggests more patients will have to wait longer than the 18-week target for the likes of hip and knee replacements, and many will be in crippling agony and unable to lead healthy lives while they wait to be seen.
The amount of people on NHS waiting lists has soared by 300,000 in the past year to more than 4.1million, and this is expected to escalate further as more trusts follow suit.
One NHS chief executive, speaking on the condition of anonymity, stated: “I’ve tried over the years to balance all three but I just can’t do that anymore. I’m having to make really, really difficult decisions.
“We are now looking at our elective programme saying, effectively, ‘We will stop our elective programme.’ “We will never deliver 18 weeks ever again.”
The chief exec stated NHS England was forcing him to bring waiting lists down by paying private firms to perform the ops.
But he added: “I’m not going to bankrupt the organisation or clinical commissioning group by driving this 18-week target unless there is a clinical need to do so.
“I’ve never seen a chief exec lose their job for 18 weeks but I’ve seen them lose their job for A&E or for cancer.” Another chief exec said: “We can’t afford to meet all the targets.” Chris Hopson, from NHS Providers, which represents NHS trusts, called on ministers to consider dropping or changing the target in the forthcoming NHS plan.
He said: “Many hospital trusts are telling us that at the moment they’re finding it very difficult to deliver all of the national performance targets – in A&E, cancer and elective surgery for example. Trusts rightly prioritise according to clinical need and in practice, given the range of pressures facing the service, this can currently mean slipping elective surgery performance despite the potential adverse consequences for patients.
“The forthcoming NHS long-term plan must be ruthlessly honest about what can be achieved for the available money and what the priorities should be, including whether and how quickly we want to recover performance against the 18-week elective surgery target.” Hospitals are supposed to treat 92% of non-urgent patients within 18 weeks but this has not been achieved nationally since February 2016.
The Royal College of Surgeons stated: “We must avoid returning to the days when hundreds of thousands of patients waited more than a year for surgery.” NHS England boss Simon Stevens previously suggested he would be in favour of reviewing the non-urgent waiting time targets.
He said the 92% goal “has strengths” but is “not the only way” of measuring performance.
Patients may soon have to phone ahead and reserve an appointment at A&E if they want to ensure being seen inside four hours, and the most urgent cases could still walk in and be seen immediately but others would face an endless wait if they had not booked a slot.
A pleasant living environment in the United Kingdom will never be seen again, and this is all part of the Tory plan to conceal how much the NHS is in crisis.
The entire system has been in meltdown over the last five years, and GPs have been saying this but we’ve been told were all moaning, but things are desperate in general practice, practices are closing, doctors are leaving, it’s more challenging to get an appointment which means more in the A&E.
Yet it all appears to be part of a larger plan, so they cut social care and the charitable sector funding, they cut funding to the NHS, set nonsensical targets to show the NHS is failing, misrepresent statistics to suggest doctors need to work more at the weekend and then impose contracts on them in the hope they’ll strike and the public won’t back them, wait for the winter to do its job and then sell to the highest bidder.
And as long as people keep voting for the Tories the decay will continue because the Tory agenda is total privatisation, and to annihilate people as well because the Tories simply look at people as casualties of war that the government are waging.
So, now Jeremy Hunt has shifted the goal post and believes that will resolve the mess. Britain is now officially a third world country, and the people are being exploited by the wealthy and their puppets.
So, where do we go now that the government have ripped the NHS to pieces?
Our A&E is at breaking point because of the cuts in social care, leaving people with nowhere to go but A&E because we have to wait days or weeks to see a GP, and people are dying on trollies in hospital hallways.
Not so long ago there used to be walk-in centres so that people who were sick could go and be seen and if they could be treated there, they could be dealt with and shipped home, if it was more severe they would then be sent to the hospital for further immediate treatment.
However, over the years more and more walk-in centres have shut down, putting more stress on the A&E department and GPs, so now there are countless people suffering from severe life-threatening conditions who were originally fobbed off by their GP, and then when they’re eventually admitted to hospital their condition is so severe they take up more resource then they would have done if they’d been seen by their GP.
And there are cases were people, all of whom were non-complainers and seldom seek their GPs help have had to have emergency treatment for conditions that if diagnosed or investigated on initial presentation would have been relatively straightforward, but GPs are under tremendous stress because the system is collapsing.
To be fair, it’s somewhat shocking that Theresa May kept faith with Jeremy Hunt, leaving him in charge of the Department of Health, and his words on waiting times for the A&E don’t begin to cover the sheer complexity of the situation we now find ourselves in.
Jeremy Hunt is an embolic narcissist but he was the only one who would take an absolutely poisoned chalice, and he makes out that all GPs are exaggerating and only he is telling the truth.
I mean, what do those annoying doctors know who work in hospitals every day, why listen to them when if you have a serious illness you can go to get advice from some political PR guru, what do doctors know with their Mickey Mouse medical degrees?
Sadly, statistics are completely worthless, and the assumption is that people are filling up A&E departments with coughs and colds, which might be true of a small proportion, but it’s difficult in a lot of cases for people to know whether or not A&E is the best place for their problem.
How is Joe Blogs to know if their chest pain is muscular or cardiac, and how is a mother meant to know that the cause of her child’s breathlessness is self-limiting and doesn’t need any treatment?
We’re making it look like all the public are all thick hypochondriacs, but you can condemn Jeremy Hunt for that where he’s moved the goal-post and is frantically clinging onto his job for another winter.
As for the ambulance service, there aren’t an endless number of ambulances, nor do ambulances double for intensive care or hospital surgery, and stroke and heart attack victims will die inside the eight hours it now takes to get the patient to the hospital, and this has now become a catastrophic humanitarian crisis.
And the elderly are dying in huge numbers due to our current government which is basically somewhere between actual harm through gross criminal neglect and mass manslaughter, but the Tories are 14 points ahead, so a very, very large number of people clearly have no problem with population controlled by extermination, which really makes you question on who won the war.
The biggest problem is abstention from the electoral process where millions of people have fallen out of the system and they don’t vote, but that’s great for the wealthy in any country because they want low turn-outs in the polls.
The governments biggest worry is those missing floaters will start listening, and the reality is that if the missing voters actually get through the smokescreen, then the wealthy are in big trouble, hence the gerrymandering.
Jeremy Hunt’s role is to deliver an NHS that requires nothing to run and meets all its targets, but he delivers nothing, that way he can claim that the only way to preserve the NHS is to give it away to private enterprise that is funded for by insurance, for those who can afford it.
The man has defunded, demonised, demotivated and denationalised the NHS, and people are dying in this country because of an increasingly chaotic idea by this excuse of a government about what medical care is, and that’s the young and elderly as well.
And people are being misdiagnosed despite attending for medical care, and the situation is extremely grave and dangerous, and why Theresa May didn’t get rid of Jeremy Hunt when she had the opportunity is beyond most people, but I suspect that hardly matters now because the entire government are inept and are destroying this country, both literally and figuratively.
Jeremy Hunt is obviously to blame but rather than condemning himself he’s condemning the people again rather than acknowledging the cuts he made was so that he can privatise the NHS, and he’s destroying the NHS, and presumably we can find out which patients have only minor injuries by seeing which of them are still alive after 4 hours, at which point they can be sent somewhere else or the mortuary.
This is horrifying and confirms the reality of 6 years of failed Tory austerity, and a service standard which some years ago we could have all been fairly confident would apply if we wanted to attend the A&E is now being ripped up in order to make 12-hour delays on trollies look adequate.
There are countless people frequenting the A&E that aren’t emergencies, but didn’t Jeremy Hunt take his child to A&E for a non-urgent ailment:
Jeremy Hunt: ‘I took my children to A&E because I didn’t want to wait for a GP appointment’
So, his suggestion that the target is wrong, rather than admitting blame for the persistent under-funding of the NHS is political cowardice at its worst, and things will get much worse for the NHS once Brexit begins to bite because the service is already paying much more for imported equipment and pharmaceuticals because of the fall in the exchange rate.
And even if Theresa May did get rid of Jeremy Hunt, if she wanted to, no one else would take the job because she’s so transparently out of her depth that in any normal situation she’d be on her way but none of the Tories, or at least those who conceivably could, want to be in that lose position she’s in.
Brexit is such a total clusterfuck and David Cameron and George Osborne have left such a mess even a half-competent PM would struggle, but Theresa May’s not even close.
There’s an expression for someone who seems happy when the world is disintegrating around him, the village idiot, and Jeremy Hunt is in first place followed closely by Theresa May who tells us that we have it all wrong about her Brexit plans, she hasn’t got any, and Jeremy Hunt very clearly and seemingly shows he has no clue what A&E stands for.