Posted by Paul Rumley, Partner
Is it time to admit that the NHS doesn’t just have a ‘winter problem’?
Recent news about the state of accident and emergency provision over the summer months has many concerned. Paul Rumley comments on the current situation in the NHS.
With news that NHS A&E departments have experienced the ‘worst summer on record’, the proportion of waiting times under four hours only hitting 86% on average across the country, there are real concerns as we head into the winter months.
Whilst we have previously written about how A&E doesn’t just have a ‘winter problem’, as we head into the colder part of the year, an already under-pressure emergency service could well find itself creaking at the seams.
Paul Rumley, partner in our medical negligence department, had this to say about the current situation:
“With more taxpayer money being poured into the NHS currently, the ongoing difficulties with A&E departments is worrying. What is the root cause of the problem – because if more money isn’t solving it, then perhaps we should be looking elsewhere for the problem and therefore the solution?
With the NHS now funded with well over £120bn each and every year, or over £1,700 for every person in the UK regardless of whether or not they seek treatment, is it perhaps time to take a long hard look at the structure of the NHS and whether that provides value for money and the best way of ensuring patient safety as an organisation?”
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