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A&Es face 'unprecedented demand' as four trusts declare alerts

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This is not a medical or general practice problem, it is a systems and managerial problem. The solution requires better organisation and appropriate resourcing. Once again, everyone seems content to dump responsibility for solving the problem into general practice - because we cost nothing extra, and because we have (through good intentions) always rolled over to help the system. We should not accept that. I think Peter is wrong. We should do what we can, within reasonable limits, but our safety valve should be to send people to A&E whenever it is clinically appropriate, and also if we are ourselves overwhelmed due to our own poor resourcing. Things will only change if there are very visible signs of the problem. That will not happen until we take a stand. At the moment we are enabling the eventual collapse of the NHS by propping it up until it is no longer sustainable. It needs to make changes before it gets to that point otherwise it will be too late. New contract now please, Peter, on our terms or no terms.

Posted date

27 Oct 2017

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11:49am

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