I Just Don’t Get It…

The NHS is in crisis, right?

ITV News can reveal how many hospital trusts are being forced to recruit from abroad as they struggle to staff their wards.

We have staff shortages and these are compounded by infrastructure issues:

Patients have been forced to wash using sick bowls, wait hours for a drink and use commodes in public view after they were moved onto an empty ward.

About 20 patients were moved onto an empty ward because of a severe bed shortage at Hull Royal Infirmary over the weekend.

Mrs Addicott, of Anlaby, said: “I was the first to arrive and there was nothing here. They were still wheeling patients in until 1.30am this morning but there’s no equipment and nothing here for us.

“There are people here who need help feeding themselves and there are two nurses who are being asked to care for all of us. They are doing their best but they just can’t see to all of us.”

So that being the case, how the bloody hell can we spare NHS staff to go rebuild Africa’s health systems?

At least 164 NHS staff have already answered a call for volunteers issued by the Government’s chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies on Friday.

The Department of Health said the number is “going up all the time”.

All the volunteers will undergo special training before heading to Sierra Leone, initially for six weeks.

I just….don’t….get it. Does anyone else?

15 comments for “I Just Don’t Get It…

  1. Mudplugger
    September 28, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Starter list if items missing from the NHS lexicon..
    1. The word ‘priorities’
    2. The phrase ‘Stick to your knitting’
    3. The realisation that it’s about making your paying customers feel better, not your own social conscience.

    • Andrew Duffin
      September 29, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Exactly, Mudplugger, but the point you may be missing is that the paying customers are NOT the taxpayers in this case (“free at the point of consumption”, remember?), but rather the politicians and bureaucrats who hold the actual day-to-day purse-strings.

      And what THEY want is to salve their consciences, and keep in with their Guardianista and bbc friends, by undertaking fashionable knee-jerk do-goodery amongst brown people in distant lands of which we know little (and they know less).

      So that’s what happens.

      • October 5, 2014 at 6:33 am

        Agreed. They are run for the benefit of the unions & management. Not patients.

  2. ivan
    September 28, 2014 at 11:12 am

    This is exactly the thing you get when an organisation is top heavy with pen pushing managers, those at the actual work end try and find a way to do what they are trained to do without all the paperwork.

    If the NHS dumped 4/5 of the management structure and got back to what it was when it started it might become a reasonable organisation that works and not a black hole that consumes tax money at a prodigious rate for such a little return.

  3. Ed P
    September 28, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Never mind, when those nurses come back it’s likely at least one of them will be incubating Ebola. Then, with the low standards of hygiene endemic in the NHS, it’ll spread quickly in our hospitals: problem solved – we’ll all die!

    • Brightside Bob
      September 30, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Can’t they go to a ‘Welcome Home Heroes’ reception first & shake hands/sneeze (is that’s how it’s spread?) on Camoron, etc.

      • October 5, 2014 at 6:34 am

        Heh! I suspect they’d turn out to be immune..

  4. Errol
    September 28, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I’ve a friend – a dear friend – currently in Sierra Leone. He’s a spinal surgeon and his last missive was that it was rather difficult fixing a prosthetic leg while being shot at.

    He volunteers for Doctors without borders. I honestly hadn’t thought about his lack in the NHS as knowing him he gives much away to charity – especially time and energy working with the homeless.

    If we’re understaffed yet have massive unemployment problems perhaps basic training is needed and compulsary employment suggested?

  5. Bunny
    September 28, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    The NHS attracts staff from Eastern Europe who come over here for better pay and conditions, our trained staff are attracted to either the US or the Middle East, who pay better money and rate our trained staff. So you have Slovaks etc moving into the NHS and Ukrainians filling vacancies in Slovakia.

    From a personal angle I cannot criticise anyone for doing it as I am an expat in a different industry. Our advantage and disadvantage is that English is used as a neutral third party language the world over, hence that literate educated Brits are at a premium the world over, including our medics.

    We have unemployed people, we have a shortage of NHS staff, seems a bit of compulsory employment could be in order, couple it with decent training and the little darlings get sod all if they don’t stick at it.

    • Furor Teutonicus
      September 29, 2014 at 9:24 am

      XX We have unemployed people, we have a shortage of NHS staff, seems a bit of compulsory employment could be in order,XX

      Would YOU want wee mad Jimmy Mc Chavish changing your bandages, and proffering medication?

      • Brightside Bob
        September 30, 2014 at 12:16 pm

        Wee Jimmy would be employed as a ‘Mad Max’ style porter, shurely..

        • October 5, 2014 at 6:35 am


  6. September 28, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Go back to the old municipal, county and voluntary sector hospitals, administer state health insurance, and swallow. Spare bureaucrats not required.

  7. Ed P
    September 30, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Sack two tiers of middle management ( who add nothing to healthcare except the huge costs of their bloated salaries and pensions) and bring back Matron!

  8. eddiethegreek
    October 1, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Absolutely agree Ed. My sister was a ward sister and used to get really depressed about the difficulty of doing her job with only one nurse and three managers breathing down her neck. She was trained under a matron in a properly working hospital and really missed that setup. Sack the lot of them and replace them with matron.

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