Today’s MSM are full with the same wailing: our NHS “can’t cope”. Depending on their attitude to our so-called Holy Cow, the reports are different in tone. Here’s the BBC:
Tens of thousands of non-urgent NHS operations and procedures in England may be deferred until 31 January, due to winter pressures.
This is the Guardian:
Amid growing evidence of chaos as the NHS’s winter crisis bites, hospitals are being forced to create makeshift wards for patients, growing numbers are declaring a black alert – an official admission that they cannot cope – and patients are waiting as long as 12 hours for A&E care.
We are seeing conditions that people have not experienced in their working lives,” said Dr Taj Hassan, an A&E consultant in Leeds and president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM), which represents A&E doctors.
I note in passing that they quote “medical directors”, doctors and NHS managers only insofar they are providing anodyne messages.
Here’s the Daily Mail where reports are a bit more robust, i.e. scary and upsetting:
Hospitals were last night ordered to cancel thousands of operations to try to tackle a winter health crisis.
In an unprecedented move, NHS chiefs demanded radical action to free up beds and medical staff. Casualty units are under “extreme and sustained” pressure with flu cases on the rise.
Up to 55,000 non-urgent operations will be postponed until February, along with thousands of outpatient appointments and scans. Managers will be allowed to put patients on mixed-sex wards and consultants will be assigned to casualty units to assess patients on arrival. Anyone not judged to be seriously ill faces being turned away. It comes as an A&E consultant at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust apologised for the “third world conditions” endured at his hospital this weekend.
Ah. So it is NHS managers who are actually giving out these orders, and thus the situation is worse than the Guardian-BBC try to insinuate. Their readers/listeners of course know that it’s because: “Tory cuts!… Jeremy Hunt!… the “ageing population”…
Finally, here’s the DT:
Every hospital in the country has been ordered to cancel all non-urgent surgery until at least February in an unprecedented step by NHS officials.
The instructions on Tuesday night – which will result in around 50,000 operations being axed – followed claims by senior doctors that patients were being treated in “third world” conditions, as hospital chief executives warned of the worst winter crisis for three decades. Hospitals are reporting growing chaos, with a spike in winter flu leaving frail patients facing 12-hour waits, and some units running out of corridor space. Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS medical director, on Tuesday ordered NHS trusts to stop taking all but the most urgent cases, closing outpatients clinics for weeks as well as cancelling around 50,000 planned operations.
There are some points that strike me:
Firstly, the blame is put firmly on the “ageing population”. It’s as if all UK pensioners have suddenly become seriously ill and are invading the NHS hospitals. Nobody else is becoming ill, especially not our beloved immigrants. Coming from south of the Channel, this hardy lot never falls ill. They know the NHS only because all of them work there, to tend to our old and sick. Furthermore, I think the NHS should sell their fabulous technology which allows our 65+ (male as well as females) to conceive and give birth: our maternity wards are overflowing with them. Aren’t they?
Secondly: with all the meetings, with all their box-ticking work, diversity training, gender sensitivity training and all, working in their climatised offices, it’s no wonder that the poor dears never hear about this thing called “winter”. And how sad it is that they simply are too overworked to plan ahead for this eventuality. After all, if one can only remember back as far as last Thursday – what chance of remembering as far back as 12 months!
Seriously though: how come we ordinary NHS “consumers” knew about the latest, Aussie strain of flu a couple of months ago? We read the papers and we did learn that this year’s flu jab would not protect against it. We’re obviously far better informed than the NHS, from receptionists to GPs to medical directors to top NHS managers.
How is it possible that NHS hospitals are so overwhelmed with ill patients when the normal population is obviously doing what the NHS has been telling them to do: “don’t go out; don’t see your GP – the flu cannot be cured with antibiotics; drink lots of water, keep warm, take paracetamol; only see your GP if it’s not better after 7 days.” Anyone who has spoken to friends and acquaintances across the country or even just in their neighbourhood knows that’s what people have been and are doing.
How is it possible that hospital managers aren’t capable of planning ahead for the customary annual spike of admissions that happens every year after the Christmas Holidays? Short memories? Hoping it won’t happen this time round? Or rather, they are incapable of planning ahead?
It is a national disgrace. As there are still more bureaucrats than frontline personnel (doctors and nurses to you and me) it’s well past time that this Holy Cow were put out of its misery. That’s not calling for sweeping privatisation, that’s calling for an audit of what the NHS is wasting our money on! If we want to keep this Holy Cow healthy – and that it’s ailing and close to collapse is no secret – then any good vet (or doctor) will tell you that first there must be a proper diagnosis, preferably without bending over backwards so as not to offend the smaller holy cows of diversity and gender whatevah.
Btw, aren’t the NHS managers and directors lucky that overnight “Storm Eleanor” tore into the UK, causing huge damage in its wake. A good day for the MSM to bury inconvenient news of our Holy Cow!