Broken services and no beds!
Considering that Suze was ‘fast tracked’ through the hospital system by the specialist yesterday during the morning appointment – as in – she was to arrive at the CDU – Clinical Decision Unit in Margate in the afternoon to be admitted to that hospital for further tests.
Yesterday was one of the hottest days of not just this year for the UK, but for many years in Kent …
Suze set off for the hospital yesterday with the wife of her brother who kindly said she would take Suze in and yet when they arrived at the hospital, she was then told that she had a three hour waiting time? The waiting room was overflowing with people, there were ambulances queueing up outside waiting to drop people off and the hospital had no free beds.
Suze was ill before she went, she was experiencing problems breathing, restrictions on her chest, difficulty in achieving any satisfaction standing or sitting and she had to wait for three hours in the heat, only finally being seen at 6.40pm in the Resuscitation unit in casuality where she stayed until 1.30am. There they took countless blood tests, portable CT scans [where it was noted she had fluid on the stomach] and was attached to the ECG machine [electrocardiogram]
Until 1.30am – she hadn’t been placed in a bed – but was on a trolley – after 1.30am she was then placed into a makeshift bed. Then basically left be…. until 5.30am this morning, and as l sit typing to her l have come to realise that she is now iller than she was before she went into hospital.
She was not offered anything to drink [even water] and only this morning at 6.30am received soggy cornflakes with soya milk and now she is awaiting an echocardiogram …….
What l find absolutely fucking astonishing is how everybody outside of the UK seemingly thinks that the NHS [National Health Service] is the best in the world? Well it’s NOT, it’s broken, and the biggest problem is that the government have got to accept that it’s broken which is something they flounder with. It’s the British people that know the truth … that it is not just broken, but seriously broken. It’s not a recent thing either, it was breaking for years before today – it was just under way too much strain, and the funding and administrative accountancy was not handled well.
The NHS is a free health care system which seems to attract a lot of outside interest from those who think it’s 50 shades of perfect when it’s far from that. This is why we see people flood the shores of this country to get this all singing and dancing free medical care! It’s not just outsiders who seem to think it’s fucking fantastic either – the Brits themselves think it is as well … my late father was constantly praising it – until the days towards his demise when he wasn’t – when even he too realised just how damaged it was.
It’s like now with Suze not able to get a bed in a quality Kent hospital – which is supposed to be a top notch operation – except it’s not, and hasn’t been for a good ten years, its reputation is poor, and when hearing you are going there – people have been to known to cry in despair at the thought. The bed figures are not what people think either. We have less beds per 1000 patients than most of Europe. The national expenditure is way less per head also in comparison to outside the UK and we have less practising doctors than other countries might believe. Sustaining a free medical care system is not easy either.
Since the turn of this century, l have seen this ‘great institution’ crumble into the dust, l have read countless news headlines and articles that deal with inappropriate spending, corruption, poor funding, loose grants, less beds, poorly paid medical staff, doctors resigning to go private, doctors just stopping being doctors, UK doctors going abroad to be paid higher salaries, countless misdiagnosis, dying patients, high level fraud, overspending on oversurplus medical supplies … never mind the patients themselves who take the piss out of the service, don’t cancel appointments they cannot attend – that’s wasted monies there – government monies for budgets not planned in and funded correctly! The NHS is in dire need of some quality administrative management – with people who know how to run hospitals and not just interested in higher salaries for themselves and earning fat cat status.
I am grateful for the young trainee GP [General Practitioner] in our local surgery who was not prepared to do what Suze’s own doctor had done and simply written off her ailments to ‘just another virus’, worry not – here take some anti-depressants love!” Because she is young and not burnt out and still enthusiastic – and yet what’s failed her for starting the ball rolling is the NHS itself who cannot perform even the simplest of tasks of providing sufficient bedding for those they wanted in hospital in the first place at their bequest!
The NHS is broken but not completely dead – we just need people who are willing to take on board the responsibility of ownership and accountability for health care. The government needs to start toughing it up on the tax payers – if we want a ‘free medical’ system available because we pay tax and National Insurance, then we need to start putting our money into it – but we the taxpapyers should only be doing this if our funds are handled correctly and go to health care investment and effective spending.
In the meanwhile – Suze tells me she is being transferred to S Ward which means a longer stay l fear, but finally it appears she has a bed. Finally. Suze did say something however and that is despite everything – the staff all work their assess off to help people and l don’t contest this at all – the ground staff of the NHS is what keeps this derelict upright.
Will keep you updated.