Monday, 18 February 2008

Why do we so readily accept the unacceptable? Ambulances.

Patients are left waiting in ambulances for hours. I'm sure that in years gone bye, the shocking news that patients are being left waiting in ambulances so that NHS Trusts can hit government targets would have caused an outcry. However, we have become so accustomed to this kind of pathetic mismanagement of our services that this story will be forgotten by tomorrow.

An estimated 60,000 patients have had to wait at least an hour before being allowed through hospital doors. Of course the main cause of this is the fact that more people are going to A&E because thanks to another government cock-up: getting a GP to see you at home is almost impossible.

The government have replied to these claims in their usual fashion: spin and lies. They say that these figures are incorrect and that 60,000 aren’t all that many anyway. So who's lying? The doctors, ambulance crews and the ambulance union, or the government?

I know who my money would be on.

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