Mayday from Mayday as A&E declares “major incident”

Mayday is in the bottom 50 performing hospitals in the country, at a time when NHS hospital accident and emergency departments are performing worse than at any time in the past decade, figures from the Department of Health released today show.

mayday-hospital-signThe statistics came on the day when the re-branded Croydon University Hospital sent out a mayday of its own, declaring an “internal major incident” because of the level of demand on its A&E department – forcing them to admit more patients than there are available beds. Croydon’s hospital is one of a number of A&Es around the country to be overwhelmed by rising demand for its services.

Mayday’s official action comes after an elderly patient reported being kept on a trolley in a corridor of the London Road hospital for 12 hours on Saturday night, waiting for treatment.

“Today’s news confirms exactly what local people have been telling me for weeks,” Steve Reed OBE, the local Labour MP, said. The hospital has one of London’s busiest A&E departments, “but they’re now so overwhelmed by surging demand they can’t admit any more patients.

Steve Reed MP: crisis in our NHS

Steve Reed OBE: concerned by crisis in our NHS

“Only this morning a local woman in her 80s called my office to say that she had waited 12 hours on a trolley bed in a hospital corridor on Saturday night because the A&E was too busy to treat her.

“The Government has created an A&E crisis across Britain and, tragically, it’s now hit our local hospital.”

Other hospital trusts around the country have been forced to activate major incident plans to cope with a surge in demand at emergency departments at Gloucester Royal, Cheltenham General Hospital, Scarborough Hospital and the University Hospitals of North Midlands in Staffordshire.

According to Whitehall figures released today, Mayday’s A&E waiting times between October and December 2014 saw only 87.6per cent of patients seen within four hours. Government guidelines call for 95 per cent of patients to be seen within the four-hour target time.

NHS England this morning released figures showing that its hospitals had seen patients within four hours in only 92.6 per cent of cases.

This is a fall on the worst performance recorded since the ConDems came to power and is the lowest recorded over the last 10 years.


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1 Response to Mayday from Mayday as A&E declares “major incident”

  1. The monopolistic power of the qualified medical practitioner (god only thinks he is) was the first point of attack during the US health reforms (80’s).
    The “”POST PROFESSIONAL ERA” was a leading management text then, a sort of luciferisation via management psychopathic angels. There have been old failures and bargains with the devil that are now deeply dysfunctional..Communism “overproduced” this commodity, our current underproduction suits the medics, and,not so strangely, the private companies waiting in the wings to surf-the wave of collapse and use medical shortages to hike profits by charging for the qualified, but using the underqualified. A sort of Medic 111 service.

    The whole medical contract needs rewriting, for both consultants and GP’s. They should be turned into employees now, for the common good, before they are turned into employees for private profit. They are deluded if they think independence is an option.

    Why have there been so many fewer staff planned to be on duty this year, at the stress points? One GP being the only one on call and having to make 40 house calls on their own? Higher staffing for same period last year? !
    Why are hospitals fined for having A&E’s? This seems to be a sort of preparation of an acute subset and an elective subset to be sold off, with the state holding the unprofitable bit.
    All these issues have been successfully camouflaged by the “top down” reforms, and the lack of detailed debate shows the poor standard of opposition in Parliament and the secret corridors of lobbyist subversion that are Blake’s “secret worms”.
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cartoon/2015/jan/06/nhs-hospitals-waiting-times-uk-cartoon-bell

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