A group of leading doctors from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) have sent a letter to prime minister Theresa May saying that the NHS “will fail” without immediate extra funding and that patient care will continue to deteriorate throughout this winter – a season which has been already been described as the “worst ever” in terms of A&E waiting times and hospital bed shortages.
RCP president Professor Jane Dacre told the BBC:
“Our members tell me it is the worst it has ever been in terms of patients coming in during a 24-hour period and numbers of patients coming in when there are no beds to put them in…
“Our members fear that patients’ lives are at risk because they can’t get round to see patients who aren’t in the emergency and accident department or are waiting for results to come back.”
Meanwhile, members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) expressed “serious concerns” regarding the level of care they are able to give amidst the “worst conditions they have ever experienced.”
One trauma center nurse reported:
“Today I ran our major treatment area. Patients were waiting more than 12 hours for beds.
“My staff were broken and distressed. By the end of the day you could see their care-worn, exhausted faces, feeling like they’ve failed. But really it’s the Government that has failed.”
British politicians have denied that a “humanitarian crisis” exists regarding health care, while doing their best to play down the seriousness of the issue and shifting the blame back onto physicians. Theresa May has been accused of “scapegoating” GPs and attempting to distract the public from the real causes of the crisis. (RELATED: Stay informed about the failures of modern medicine at Medicine.news.) (Click to Article)