Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Coming soon, to a hospital near you.

From  here
"..... in the middle of the night I was transferred to a storeroom off the main ward because they hadn't got enough beds. It was like a broom cupboard."
The room was so small that
When she was seen by the consultant, he had to squeeze in with two other doctors and Mrs McKeown's daughter Dr Helena McKeown, a GP who is also chairman of the community care committee at the British Medical Association.

' The consultant didn't seem surprised, it seemed to happen regularly,' said Mrs McKeown
'I had nurses coming in all the time to pick up the supplies and they were very good, but as I wasn't on the proper ward I missed out on some of the rounds for meals and medication.
Which might go some way to explaining why people are leaving hospital malnourished.

Actually, let's backtrack a bit
Mrs McKeown's daughter Dr Helena McKeown, a GP who is also chairman of the community care committee at the British Medical Association
So she wasn't able to use her job, to 'pull rank', to make sure their own mother was treated on a proper ward - that's a rare thing these days, and means there's not much hope for the rest of us.
'It's extraordinary that patients have to be looked after in a cupboard because the hospital doesn't have enough beds.'
No, it's not really 'extraordinary' that there aren't enough beds - they have to balance the books. They have to pay the rent ...
The £229million Norwich hospital, opened in 2001, pays an annual rent of £40million a year.
Figures show the NHS will pay out £63billion for privately financed hospitals - £52billion more than they are worth.
... and they have to pay wages of all those hospital administrators (from John Ward in Medway)
"In 1948, when the NHS was formed, there were 480,000 beds and 350,000 staff.
By 2002, there were 186,000 beds and 882,000 staff.
As of September 2008, there are 160,000 beds and 1,368,200 staff."


418 said...

Yes, and in the dozen or so years that ZaNuLabour has had to destroy this country it has lured some 3m immigrants to these shores. Who can say how many were lured here with promises of a job in the NHS? If they were lured here with a promise of an NHS bed they may be sorely disappointed.

And, it seems we are talking 'net' immigration here: "Net immigration quadrupled to 237,000 a year between 1997 and 2007. In 2008 it was 163,000. 3 million immigrants have arrived since 1997." 3 million on a population of some 60 million would be a 5% increase since 1997!

What is more, the 3 million were brought here for 'social objectives', which in ZaNuLabourSpeak means to keep the Labour Party in power for ever. "Voting trends indicate that migrants and their descendants are much more likely to vote Labour."

Mrs R said...

"3m immigrants"

I don't know the population for 1948, 2002 but it would be interesting to know the comparative ratios of hospital beds:population.

418 said...

"When the National Health Service began in 1948, the UK population was 49.4 million, 60 years later the population stands at an estimated 61.4 million, an increase
of 24%."

Mrs R said...

No doubt "Community Care" is designed to ease the need for hospital beds, but ...