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Desperation in the NHS as winter approaches

As winter approaches, signs of desperation in the NHS are visible across the country.

One such sign of desperation is that private health companies have made a formal offer to the government.

Their offer is to provide almost 400,000 additional operations and tests to increase NHS capacity. This comes following a very difficult winter in 2016.

In addition, there are serious issues in relation to treatment received in Accident & Emergency Departments. Failures to hit Accident & Emergency Department targets have already occurred this year. Leaders of about 60 trusts deemed to have the worst record on meeting the four-hour A&E treatment target were called into a meeting, held in London, on Monday 18 September to discuss the failings.

Failures to hit Accident & Emergency Department targets have already occurred this year.

Leaders of about 60 trusts deemed to have the worst record on meeting the four-hour A&E treatment target were called into a meeting, held in London, on Monday 18 September to discuss the failings.

Paul Watson, NHS England’s regional director for the Midlands and east of England, said that inadequate A&E performance endangered patients’ safety.

He said: “It’s good to let off steam but let’s remember what’s at stake here:

1 Urgent care is the most basic service the NHS provides;

2 A badly run, crowded ED [emergency department] is a miserable experience for our patients;

3 These patients are often frail, elderly and frightened as well as very ill;

4 A crowded ED can be dangerous.”

Two acute trust chief executives even resigned on 15 September 2017. They were under pressure from ministers and NHS Improvement over consistently poor accident and emergency performance.

Improvements do not seem to be happening which is very worrying as we approach the difficult winter period.

If the government fails to put in place considerable further funding for the NHS as a matter of urgency, it risks having to deal with a NHS crisis.

These signs of desperation in the NHS are very worrying.

At Swain & Co we have represented many individuals who have received inadequate treatment under NHS medical professionals.

Often, these individuals have serious illnesses or injuries which must be investigated and treated urgently.

Failure to provide treatment in good time can result in patients having to undergo more invasive procedures, longer recoveries and, on occasion, death.

This is completely unacceptable.

Here at Swain & Co Solicitors we successfully handle cases for clients who have suffered at the hands of medical professionals. If you would like to bring a claim involving inadequate treatment received under NHS care, we would be more than happy to discuss the potential claim with you and provide you with advice.

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Melanie Lidstone-Land and the Medical Negligence team at Swain & Co Solicitors regularly win compensation for their clients who have experienced substandard treatment or a failure to provide treatment. If you, a family member or a friend have experienced problems regarding substandard medical treatment contact our team today on 02392 483322. 

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