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It's an indication as to the state of the NHS when a suicidal caller tried for two days to get through to the Mental Health Assistance line.
I think it's both. In NI we have dire problems with our healthcare. We have the highest number of persons/bed in the UK and huge waiting lists. Although Belfast itself is very well served with the number of hospitals (though there are huge issues with managing the delivery of care, and not all of it down to the DUP's refusal to form an executive) some of the outlying districts have big problems. Enniskillen may lose its urgent surgery facility because they cannot staff the unit safely. Obviously the local people are up in arms about this and obviously the current system needs reform. What the solution might be - that's for these highly-paid managers to come up with.It is reduction in service, not reform, that people object to.
The trouble with that though is it may well be the case for the traditional wealthy Tory supporter but because of Brexit they swelled their ranks with many red wall working class and Kipper types. The Tories trashing the NHS will not sit well with them, most of whom wont be too keen to splash out £1000 a month on a decent family healthcare plan which of course does not include emergency treatment anyway.Yes the Tories mantra is they are spending more than ever on the NHS but they claim to be the fiscal party yet seem unable to grasp inflation and how spending more is meaningless if it's not keeping up with inflation.
The capital budgets for the NHS have been seriously eroded over the last 12 years.
I just wish Tory supporters would be honest and say they don't want their taxes to be spent on a social health system.
That it's everyone for themselves and get health insurance if you can and if you can't it's not their problem.
I think the reduced number of GPs we have now are know to be pretty much overwhelmed already Pat.Surely it must start with GP's opening up their surgeries for minor injuries?
The reform proposed is to move the current urgent surgery facility from Enniskillen to Belfast where a properly trained team can be assured at all times. The local population is, understandably, against this reform. Sorry if I didn't make that clear.Jean you say its both and then give a list of reductions in service in your area.............no reference to any attempts at reform or anyone objecting to reform. So why is it both.....why is there some truth in Javids weasly words.