Which homicidal Tory idiot doesn’t understand why you CAN’T book a place in Accident & Emergency?

Tory stupidity: you can’t book a place in A&E because you don’t know when you’ll be involved in an accident, or when an emergency will arise. The best thing to do is ignore this new rule completely and demand your right to treatment.

Yes, you read the headline right: the Tories want to make hospital A&E departments ‘booking only’ by December.

According to The Times (it’s behind a paywall but you can get the sense of it from the preview:

Plans for patients to “call first” and book into A&E via NHS 111 will be implemented before December, NHS bosses were told yesterday.

A joint board meeting of NHS England and NHS Improvement was told that new emergency care standards designed to replace the four-hour waiting time target would also be in place before winter.

The plans were described as a “profound change” by Lord Prior of Brampton, chairman of NHS England. Hospitals will be asked to adapt “rapidly” to the measures, which have yet to be finalised, and make improvements as they learn how they work in practice during autumn, board papers said.

So it seems this “Lord Prior of Brampton” is the airhead who thinks you can book A&E time for events you have no reason to expect.

The thinking behind the change is clear: if the only way into A&E is by booking a place, then there won’t be any waiting times and the Tory government will be spared the embarrassment of being shown to have worsened NHS care.

That could be particularly important – for public relations, but not for public health – at a time when hospitals are otherwise likely to be overloaded with Covid-19 patients, people with regular flu, and other emergency demands.

And I suppose people who die at home because they cannot get a slot won’t be counted.

But isn’t the NHS supposed to consult the public on major changes like this? Aren’t they illegal if that doesn’t happen?

My advice: ignore this new rule.

The National Health Service exists to provide health care, free at the point of use, for every UK citizen, when they need it – not when it’s convenient for Tory politicians.

Source: Patients will have to book a spot at A&E by autumn | News | The Times

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  1. jgwood34 August 26, 2020 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Is this to be followed by a new award for services to the public, The DESA a award given to members of parliament in recognition of there services, in case your wondering what DESA means in terms of a award it is the Depths of Stupidity Award, there is a lot of it about at the moment and it will make it easier to full the upper house with DESA

  2. Hecuba August 26, 2020 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Lord Prior is another stupid fascist tory whose only claim to ‘fame’ is that his work history includes this: ‘associate with Lehman Brothers and Lazard Freres
    senior executive with British Steel, managing a number of private companies, mainly in manufacturing and engineering. So he is clearly an expert (sic) on how NHS Accident and Emergency Departments operate!


    Oh goody!!! From December 2020 no one will be able to walk into Accident and Emergency Department without first having notified the NHS ‘On x day at x time I will be suffer a serious accident; fracture my arm (but of course I can’t diagnose this condition) or suffer an eye injury!’

    Free health care!!! It is non existent now because us peasants mustn’t expect the NHS Accident and Emergency Departments to see us patients without at least a 6 month booking in advance! Better still us peasants should not ‘bother the private company named NHS because they will be too busy catering to those wealth fascist tories who have the money to demand immediate medical attention!’

  3. The Toffee (597) August 26, 2020 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    And there was me thinking accidents were unplanned (like most of de piffle’s progeny) and so meant an event that happens by chance, unplanned, usually resulting in injury.

    The same with the word ’emergency’…which always has, and always WILL be defined as:

    ‘A serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.’

    What IS the matter with these privately-educated imbeciles? (Other than the inbreeding?)

  4. Neilth August 26, 2020 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    I believe something of this nature is already being trialled in Cardiff and Vale UHB. It’s partly a response to Covid but an attempt to triage and avoid overcrowding.

  5. Jenny Hambidge August 26, 2020 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Another dumbing down of the NHS to make it ready for a US deal.

  6. Tony Dean August 26, 2020 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Actually depending on circumstances you can book a place in accident an emergency depending on circumstances and the area where you live.
    But otherwise your point is well made.

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