A&E miss target again

John Radcliffe Hospital

Horton General Hospital

First published in News

The county’s hospital authority missed a key A&E waiting time last week, figures released yesterday show.

Some 85.4 per cent of people who attended were admitted, transferred or discharged, against a target of at least 95 per cent.

This meant 329 of the 2,257 who attended Oxford’s John Radcliffe and Banbury’s Horton General Hospital waited longer than four hours.

It means Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust – which runs the hospitals – has hit the target only twice since October 20.

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11:37am Sat 22 Feb 14

Myron Blatz says...

Little fpamin wonder - the NHS has become a bureaucratic nightmare, with many people now choosing to join ever-longer A&E ques, than wait forwever to het an appointment with their own GP. As for that joke called 'after hours' when your own doctor's surgery is closed or at weekends, my mate on the bus told me that you cann't just turn up, but have to phone, then get assessed by someone trained to use a call-centre cribsheet, and finally het an appointment or be direceted to ..... your local A&E department! The whole system - despite having some truly fantastic doctors and other medical staff, and ever-more money pumped into its veins - seems to be falling-apart at the seams. Nor would more use of the private sector medical services be much good - look at the USA, where if you can't afford medical insurance, you end up being referred to a public health service which is totally unable to cope, due to historically pathetic levels of funding. Then again, if you need medical help and support on a regular basis with private medical care (includimg kidney and diabetes problems, amongst many) either the premiums are sky-high, or people are refused insurance cover - that simple! Here, one of the big issues with those hospital waiting times, is also that in closing many of the smaller local?and cottage hospitals, everything is then dumped on the remaining centralised hospitals - such as the JR in Oxford. They do a brilliant job, but cut-backs and reorganisation by successive governments (including 13 years under Labour) has transformed these centralised hospitals into virtual 'pressure cookers' and 'time bombs' just waiting to explode - not unlike successive government attitude toward flooding, water management and irresponsible planning regulation.
Little fpamin wonder - the NHS has become a bureaucratic nightmare, with many people now choosing to join ever-longer A&E ques, than wait forwever to het an appointment with their own GP. As for that joke called 'after hours' when your own doctor's surgery is closed or at weekends, my mate on the bus told me that you cann't just turn up, but have to phone, then get assessed by someone trained to use a call-centre cribsheet, and finally het an appointment or be direceted to ..... your local A&E department! The whole system - despite having some truly fantastic doctors and other medical staff, and ever-more money pumped into its veins - seems to be falling-apart at the seams. Nor would more use of the private sector medical services be much good - look at the USA, where if you can't afford medical insurance, you end up being referred to a public health service which is totally unable to cope, due to historically pathetic levels of funding. Then again, if you need medical help and support on a regular basis with private medical care (includimg kidney and diabetes problems, amongst many) either the premiums are sky-high, or people are refused insurance cover - that simple! Here, one of the big issues with those hospital waiting times, is also that in closing many of the smaller local?and cottage hospitals, everything is then dumped on the remaining centralised hospitals - such as the JR in Oxford. They do a brilliant job, but cut-backs and reorganisation by successive governments (including 13 years under Labour) has transformed these centralised hospitals into virtual 'pressure cookers' and 'time bombs' just waiting to explode - not unlike successive government attitude toward flooding, water management and irresponsible planning regulation. Myron Blatz
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