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    Emergency patients let down by targets, say surgeons

    Of all the things that may be wrong with the NHS, then surely the administration of the service still being blighted by bureaucrat managers is unacceptable. The coalition really do need to get action on this rapidly.

    Emergency patients are being let down by the health service because managers are more concerned with meeting targets by treating those with appointments, the heads of Royal Colleges warn.


    Targets concerning waiting times and cancelled operations, introduced under Labour, result in managers pushing doctors to operate on patients whose care has been pre-planned, in order to avoid financial penalties. But they can also mean that those who come in as emergency cases are stabilised and admitted but then left to wait for surgery.

    Studies have shown that elderly people with fractured hips who do not undergo surgery within 48 hours are less likely to regain full mobility. Younger patients with shattered pelvises, from motorcycle or horse-riding accidents, are less likely to walk again if their operations are delayed.


    The health service must do better than this, and soon; this should not be a question of money, it is the prevailing attitude of chasing targets rather than offering the best care possible.


    Emergency patients let down by targets, say surgeons - Telegraph

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    Re: Emergency patients let down by targets, say surgeons

    Quote Originally Posted by soloman View Post
    Of all the things that may be wrong with the NHS, then surely the administration of the service still being blighted by bureaucrat managers is unacceptable. The coalition really do need to get action on this rapidly.

    Emergency patients are being let down by the health service because managers are more concerned with meeting targets by treating those with appointments, the heads of Royal Colleges warn.


    Targets concerning waiting times and cancelled operations, introduced under Labour, result in managers pushing doctors to operate on patients whose care has been pre-planned, in order to avoid financial penalties. But they can also mean that those who come in as emergency cases are stabilised and admitted but then left to wait for surgery.

    Studies have shown that elderly people with fractured hips who do not undergo surgery within 48 hours are less likely to regain full mobility. Younger patients with shattered pelvises, from motorcycle or horse-riding accidents, are less likely to walk again if their operations are delayed.


    The health service must do better than this, and soon; this should not be a question of money, it is the prevailing attitude of chasing targets rather than offering the best care possible.


    Emergency patients let down by targets, say surgeons - Telegraph
    How can it be that - In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, some of the country’s most senior doctors say they are “deeply frustrated” at the low priority given to Accident and Emergency.

    Is this the only way that surgeons can voice their concerns on shortcomings in the NHS? What an appalling waste of their expertise that they are not formally consulted? The coalition have already proipsed that the service should be run by doctors; when is that going to happen?

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