The first comes courtesy of the Britmeds, and discusses the lack of doctors.
I wrote before about the bizarre state that we find ourselves in regarding staffing. Despite the ridiculous shambles of MMC 2007 that left the majority of junior doctors in specialist training either displaced or unemployed, we now find ourselves in a position where there aren’t enough doctors in the hospital to staff a rota.
The situation has now been picked up by Channel 4 and The Telegraph (the BBC, as always remain silent).
Junior doctor jobs are vacant, and trusts up and down the land are having to scrabble around to find emergency locum appointments at the cost of thousands of pounds per week.
The situation is getting worse and worse on almost by the week. Doctors are completing their training and are taking up consultant jobs, taking a break or going to work elsewhere and, because or MMC, NewTown NHS trust is not able to replace them until August.
This means more positions are being left vacant, more pressure is put on the remaining doctors to do the work and the NewTown NHS Trust is having to fork out more and more money to pay for locums to cover the shifts.
To put into perspective how bad things have become, in February 2007 (pre-MMC) there were 12 junior doctors (SHOs) on the anaesthetics rota at NewTown Hospital, today, there are five. Five doctors are doing the work of twelve.
One wonders when people are going to get the message that top-down management of a system as large as the NHS simply doesn't fucking work. We have endless stories about doctors leaving the profession, or emigrating to find jobs, and yet hospitals up and down the country are crying out for... well... any doctors. This is utter insanity.
As is, of course, the fact that patients are being kept in ambulances for hours so that A&E departments can meet their targets.
I know this will come as a terrible shock to regular readers, but the Guardian has 'discovered' that A&E departments up and down the country are keeping sick patients in ambulances for hours to meet their '4 hour targets'.
Who would have guessed it?
Well, I suppose if the Mainstream Media (MSM) had actually bothered to read the medical blogs A YEAR AGO, they might realise that this is NOT NEWS.
Still, better late than never.
This is doubly troubling, of course, because not only are patients not being seen in (what the government deems to be) a reasonable time, but those ambulances are not available to answer other 999 calls.
Ladies and gentlemen; I give you... the NHS. A big hand for the NHS, ladies and gentlemen, the Wonder of the World.