Re: Axe falls on NHS services

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by For example: John Smith, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. This is why it's called austerity.

    The baby boomers who enjoyed an era of unprecedented economic advantage, are
    now called upon to pay some of it back by funding their own healthcare.
    Don't see much wrong with that.

    The cost of pensions and healthcare for the retired is absolutely enormous
    and if left unchecked, would ultimately sink the economy.
    Look on it as the defusing of the ticking, demographic time-bomb.
    This country is simply too unproductive to be able to afford such luxuries
    in the modern, global economy.
    We've simply sleep-walked into the current nightmare.

    (William Regal) wrote:
    > Published: 9:19PM BST 24 Jul 2010
    > Axe falls on NHS services
    > NHS bosses have drawn up secret plans for sweeping cuts to services,
    > with restrictions on the most basic treatments for the sick and
    > injured.
    > Some of the most common operations - including hip replacements and
    > cataract surgery - will be rationed as part of attempts to save
    > billions of pounds, despite government promises that front-line
    > services would be protected.
    > Patients' groups have described the measures as "astonishingly
    > brutal".
    > An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has uncovered widespread cuts
    > planned across the NHS, many of which have already been agreed by
    > senior health service officials. They include:
    > * Restrictions on some of the most basic and common operations,
    > including hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery and orthodontic
    > procedures.
    > * Plans to cut hundreds of thousands of pounds from budgets for the
    > terminally ill, with dying cancer patients to be told to manage their
    > own symptoms if their condition worsens at evenings or weekends.
    > * The closure of nursing homes for the elderly.
    > * A reduction in acute hospital beds, including those for the
    > mentally ill, with targets to discourage GPs from sending patients to
    > hospitals and reduce the number of people using accident and
    > emergency departments.
    > * Tighter rationing of NHS funding for IVF treatment, and for surgery
    > for obesity.
    > * Thousands of job losses at NHS hospitals, including 500 staff to go
    > at a trust where cancer patients recently suffered delays in
    > diagnosis and treatment because of staff shortages.
    > * Cost-cutting programmes in paediatric and maternity services, care
    > of the elderly and services that provide respite breaks to long-term
    > carers.
    > The Sunday Telegraph found the details of hundreds of cuts buried in
    > obscure appendices to lengthy policy and strategy documents published
    > by trusts. In most cases, local communities appear to be unaware of
    > the plans.
    > Dr Peter Carter, the head of the Royal College of Nursing, said he was
    > "incredibly worried" about the disclosures.
    > He urged Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, to "get a grip" on the
    > reality of what was going on in the NHS.
    > The Government has promised to protect the overall budget of the NHS,
    > which will continue to receive above-inflation increases, but said
    > the service must make "efficiency savings" of up to £20 billion by
    > 2014, which would be diverted back to the front line.
    > Mr Lansley said last month: "This protection for the NHS is
    > protection for patients - to ensure that the sick do not pay for the
    > debt crisis."
    > Dr Carter said: "Andrew Lansley keeps saying that the Government will
    > protect the front line from cuts - but the reality appears to be
    > quite the opposite. We are seeing trusts making job cuts even when
    > they have already admitted to being short staffed.
    > ''The statements he makes may be well intentioned - but we would
    > implore him to get a grip on the reality, because these kinds of cuts
    > are incredibly worrying."
    > Katherine Murphy, of the Patients Association, said the cuts were
    > "astonishingly brutal" and expressed particular concern at moves to
    > ration operations such as hip and knee operations.
    > "These are not unusual procedures, this is a really blatant attempt
    > to save money by leaving people in pain," she said.
    > "Looking at these kinds of cuts, which trusts have drawn up in such
    > secrecy, it particularly worries me how far they disadvantage the
    > elderly and the vulnerable.
    > ''We cannot return to the days of people waiting in pain for years
    > for a hip operation or having to pay for operations privately."
    > She added that it was "incredibly cruel" to draw up savings plans
    > based on denying care to the dying.
    > On Thursday, the board of Sutton and Merton primary care trust (PCT)
    > in London agreed more than £50 million of savings in two years. The
    > plan included more than £400,000 to be saved by "reducing length of
    > stay" in hospital for the terminally ill.
    > As well as sending more patients home to die, the paper said the
    > savings would be made by admitting fewer terminally ill cancer
    > patients to hospital because they were struggling to cope with
    > symptoms such as pain. Instead, more patients would be given advice
    > on "self management" of their condition.
    > Bill Gillespie, the trust's chief executive, said patients would stay
    > at home, or be discharged from hospital only if that was their
    > choice, and would be given support in their homes.
    > This week, Hertfordshire PCT plans to discuss attempts to reduce
    > spending by rationing more than 50 common procedures, including hip
    > and knee replacements, cataract surgery and orthodontic treatment.
    > Doctors across the county have already been told that their patients
    > can have the operations only if they are given "prior approval" by
    > the PCT, with each authorisation made on a "case by case" basis.
    > Elsewhere, new restrictions have been introduced to limit funding of
    > IVF.
    > While many infertile couples living in Yorkshire had previously been
    > allowed two cycles of treatment - still short of national guidance to
    > fund three cycles - all the primary care trusts in the county are now
    > restricting treatment to one cycle per couple.
    > A "turnaround" plan drawn up by Peterborough PCT intends to make
    > almost £100 million of savings by 2013.
    > Its cuts include closing nursing and residential homes and services
    > for the mentally ill, sending 500 fewer patients to hospital each
    > month, and cutting £17?million from acute and accident and emergency
    > services.
    > Two weeks ago, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals trust agreed plans to save £55
    > million in two years, with £20 million coming from about 500 job
    > losses.
    > Yet, a month before the decision was taken, senior managers at a board
    > meeting described how staff shortages were already causing delays for
    > patients being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer.
    > Mr Lansley said any trusts that interpreted the Government's demands
    > for efficiency savings as budget or service cuts were wrong to do so,
    > and were "living in the past
    For example: John Smith, Jul 26, 2010
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  2. For example: John Smith

    Aardvark Guest

    On Mon, 26 Jul 2010 14:30:43 +0100, For example: John Smith wrote:

    > The baby boomers who enjoyed an era of unprecedented economic advantage,
    > are now called upon to pay some of it back by funding their own
    > healthcare.

    Something they've been funding all their working lives.

    "Snakes! Sons of vipers! How will you escape the judgement of hell?"
    Matthew 23:33.
    The whole chapter is cool, too.
    Aardvark, Jul 26, 2010
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