After careful consideration whether to resume this blog after the recent sad loss of my partner, I have decided to continue, I believe it is what the dear one would have wanted. This post then dedicated to her memory.The NHS served her well.
Ever since 1948 the National Health Service has been the envy of the world. It is the greatest contribution towards social and health equality. The NHS is an example of how a caring society can create good and safe care based on social solidarity. The NHS is the best way to ensure fair access to treatment for the acute or long-term sick, and those with complex or costly health needs, irrespective of their ability to pay.
But if the NHS was a car dashboard, every single warning light would be flashing at the moment after more than 20 NHS trusts across England declared black alerts in the last week, meaning they can no longer guarantee patient safety. Even here in Wales, where the issue is devolved,Labour's 'modernisation' of the NHS in Wales in the Welsh assembly has led to the downgrading of maternity units, A&E departments and the loss of 2,000 hospital beds. This means reduced access to health care for many in Wales, especially for those without a car, the elderly, disabled people and some of the poorest communities with the furthest to travel. Staff working on the frontlines are feeling the impact, leaving many demoralised and combined with a neglect in funding, this has led to the neglect of people. All across social media, we can hear daily live reports from front line NHS staff struggling to save lives in the face of the government’s reckless under-funding and under-resourcing of the service.Because of this the system isn't at breaking point, it's actually beyond that.As the chairman of the BMA ( British Medical Association), Mark Porter, recently said: “The intervention from the Red Cross highlights the enormous pressure the NHS is facing as conditions in hospitals across the country are reaching a dangerous level. The government should be ashamed that it has got the point where volunteers have been necessary to ease the burden.”
But how does the Government in westminster under Theresa May respond to this tragic situation, well as per bloody usual they simply use the 'blame' game to shed their own responsibility, and as every day goes by it becomes clearer that Theresa May and co have no flipping idea how to respond adequately to the present crisis. The 'crisis' in the NHS is not the fault of A&E departments,patients lazy GP practices or incompetent Nurses, it is an entirely manufactured crisis that has resulted in unnecessary pain, suffering and even death, and is what happens when you under-fund a service, increase workloads to breaking point, refuse to meet ever increasing demand, make people spend more time doing paperwork than they actually spend face to face with patients, make training harder and harder to get in to and make roles post training so unattractive that nobody wants to do them.This combined with creeping privatisation by the Conservatives by stealth of health services over recent years has led to the pursuit of profit being introduced to this cherished institution despite the repeated failures and costs of private provision.
There is also a shortage of 20,000 NHS nurses. Pressure on staff means tired health workers, threatening patient safety, and instead of helping to recruit more the Tories have scrapped bursaries for student nurses, making them pay for their training!The workload remains constant and extreme. Missing food for a whole shift 10 hour is not uncommon, nor is finishing 2-3 hours late.Newly qualified junior doctors look after up to 100 patients the end result unable to provide proper care to each individual.One in ten hospital beds are occupied by patients who can't be released because of cuts to social care. This means operations are cancelled, causing patients to be seen in private hospitals, costing the NHS.
Theresa May's demands for yet more austerity in the NHS represent a real risk to the safety of patients and the service. The Governments latest plans for Sustainability and Transformation plans are in in reality just a smokescreen for further cuts and it's latest instrument of privatisation.
Doctors up and down the country are bloody angry too with the Prime Minister's demands to open seven days a week, with some claiming they will quit the health service alltogether.Anyway there are simply not enough GP's in the UK to enable this that could guarantee peoples safety.The Royal College of General Practitioners says 600 practices - with 75% of GPs in these aged over 55 - are at risk of closure by 2020. This will result in a shortage of 10,000 GPs in the next four years.Yet patients are already struggling to get appointments. Many end up in hospital A&E departments, suffering long waits,this I fear is only going to get worse.
Despite all this terrible news I can reliably report that the caring spirit is still well and truly alive throughout the NHS.After my loved one and my father were both admitted to hospital recently, all I ever witnessed were NHS staff working beyond the call of duty with such dedication, despite all the pressures and obstacles placed in their way.
I passionately believe, that in this time of crisis, the NHS must remain a publicly funded service, free at the point of need and accountable to us the tax payer. Theresa May simply cannot be trusted with it.The NHS is the single greatest achievement of working class people. We cannot simply sit by and allow it to be undermined and ultimately destroyed. Please consider signing the following two petitions and share. Our NHS is not for sale and must be kept in public hands.
Petition- NHS Privatisation.
The NHS must never be privatised and remain a free, publicly funded UK service.
Join the NHS demo on 4th March to show the Government that their are still folk with the faith to fight for it.