His plan to solve the A&E crisis, in which people have to wait many hours for treatment, is to force patients to seek referral from their GP first. But the average wait for a GP appointment is three weeks, as Mr Hunt knows perfectly well.
Jeremy Hunt wants patients to see a GP before visiting A&E.
There’s a 3-week waiting list at my surgery.
Tories continue killing the sick. pic.twitter.com/TQk8F23xtA
— Socialist Voice (@SocialistVoice) October 14, 2017
He’s the one who has poured the pressure on them.
And he doesn’t care. Watch this video, in which he shows absolutely no compassion for overworked doctors, even after being told several have taken their own lives because of his policies:
The look on Jeremy Hunt's face as he's delivered this hefty truth bomb says it all. He doesn't care. pic.twitter.com/WvmT8jtL8X
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) October 14, 2017
He sat there with a smirk on his face while listening to the facts – including mention of deaths – and then as good as admitted that he’s using the NHS to train staff for private health companies.
“We’ve made good progress on the medical school side but we need to do a lot better in terms of the retention side” means doctors and nurses are quitting, after qualification, to work elsewhere. Does he really mean that, considering he co-wrote a book demanding the privatisation of the NHS?
Plans to increase the number of doctors being trained won’t help the NHS keep them; better pay and working conditions are needed to achieve that.
He said he wants GPs to “do the work that we need general practice to do”. What work is that, exactly? Referring people to private health firms, rather than helping them on the NHS? You have to ask.
Meanwhile, the queues of patients mount up.
Of course, many are forced to attend A&E simply because they can’t get to see a GP in reasonable time. Forcing them back is simply compounding a problem that Jeremy Hunt has created.
He would put patients in a permanent loop, running back and forth between GP and A&E, and receiving treatment from neither.
Until when? People have already died because of Mr Hunt’s ideologically-motivated underfunding of both branches of the NHS.
His plan seems to be to force patients to wait for care until after the end of their lives – in the same way his colleague David Gauke wants benefit claimants to die before receiving state benefits.
Yet both patients and claimants have paid for these services already – through taxes, direct and indirect.
That’s why Tory ministers like Mr Hunt belong in court, on mass murder charges. They know the consequences of their policies and are implementing them anyway.
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