posted on Jan, 5 2014 @ 05:37 AM
reply to post by iRoyalty
It's not a question of what I hear or see in the media.
I have seen this first hand for years, you only have to visit someone in casualty or on an average ward to see how dirty the places are. I spoke with
a Senior (3pips) Paramedic Manager outside casualty about why so many of his ambulances were outside and he explained it clearly for me. I have seen
how bad the care of elderly infirm relatives can be, to the extent that one, who had no swallow reflex, was given tablets to take, I.e. placed in his
mouth, the nurse then left the patient who we discovered at visiting time still had the tablets in his mouth! When a complaint was put to the senior
nurse on duty we were met with complete indifference. Needless to say, a subsequent discharge from hospital was overturned as an unsafe discharge by
the GP within 24 hrs and a return to hospital ensued. Complaints to the senior consultant about the treatment resulted in an absolute incredible
offer, you can choose which ward you want the patient put in, sorry!
Thankfully this person did not have to pass away in hospital.
I know however that primary emergency healthcare, any threat to immediate existence, is well catered for and our accident and trauma staff perform a
brilliant job in the circumstances. As I have said, there are good 'uns in the general system! but they are in the minority.
It seems wherever money crosses paths with care then profit rules as many of the charity care organisations are finding with bean counters now running
the business. It seems that as long as there is a vision, values mission statement in print, anything else is secondary. The language of the
statements is so similar as to be ludicrous. You don't need something like Common Purpose to undertake a common purpose. That however is a slight
Nye Bevan must be turning in his grave seeing the state of what was once the World Leader in public health care, the UK is currently paying its GP's
£1,500 to undertake one night shift in our understaffed NHS casualty wards just to try and fill holes caused by reduced funding?! Crazy or what?
As ever with ATS, speak as you find, you cannot be trolled or dissed for that.
edit on 5-1-2014 by Shuftystick because: Omission