MPs Say A&E Crisis Plans Not Good Enough
Measures that have been implemented upon the NHS’ A&E units in an attempt to take pressure off the service are have been described as “not good enough” by MPs.
There is some confusion from the Health Select Committee about what is going to happen in the A&E units as they felt that the information was “contradictory.”
The NHS have now been asked by the cross-party group if they are prepared for the next winter. They are now looking at the measures that will help ease the pressure on the service in preparation for the winter months.
The MPs feel that the main problems were due to staffing issues and rising attendances.
They looked into the problems and found that 17% of hospitals reached the recommended level of consultant cover and found that there were disruptions and difficulties concerning the lack of beds and the discharging of patients.
This report proceeded the NHS missing their four hour waiting time targets during the first three months of the year.
The MPs want NHS England’s medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh to assess the weaknesses across the health service.
The MPs said that the primary care system could do a lot more to ensure that people weren’t visiting A&E unnecessarily.
They thought that ambulances could help reduce the number of hospital transfers by treating more patients at the scene and that the 111 non-emergency number needed to give out better advice.
At the beginning of this year NHS England said that they would make urgent care boards to create action plans and release money to try and solve the difficulties that the service has.
The BBC reported:
‘in the evidence sessions with senior people in the health service the MPs were left unclear whether they were voluntary or compulsory temporary or permanent.’
The MPs said that the data provided gave a very alternative impression of the scale of problems that NHS England is facing. The data provided including delayed discharges from hospital and increase attendances in A&E.
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