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Hospitals desperately need an overhaul to improve access


Consider if a 10% increase in income in a department allows for slight over staffing rather than permanent under staffing. It would allow time for professional development, in house teaching and quality improvement in the summer without burning out the staff on an always empty rota so that by winter the full team can step up to managing busy periods. In reality the hospital is told that it needs to provide a service for £X, so that they can't employ full time staff, instead waiting until the winter when emergency funding is released for locum staff - some of whom might be more disposed to work as an employee if the hospital wasn't perpetually in crisis and shortage no matter what time of year it is. 10% increase from central government will never happen. It can only happen if patients can top up their care, ensuring the patient, not HMG, are the customers.

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09 Jan 2018

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