Cuts Causing Deaths
Hospital downgrades 'could kill thousands' - Telegraph
A study has found that the further patients travel in an ambulance to reach hospital the more likely they are to die.
Its authors say the findings show Government policy-making "may be driven by anecdote or supposition" rather than based on evidence of what is best for patients....
The A&E research is published in today's Emergency Medicine Journal and says that mortality rates increase by one per cent for every extra 10km travelled.
I used to have two A&E departments locally, one 6 miles, one ten. Now the nearest is a half an hour drive away. The official position is that the ambulance that will drive out to me will have a paramedic on board now, so I am not to worry if I don't make it to the A&E within the Golden Hour. Bollocks. In the US scoop and run is the norm, and its what I have done for my kids. That's me slewing to a halt outside the entrance and dripping blood all over the reception desk. Despite their tuts that I should have left it to the "professionals" it embarrasses them to have someone die in the waiting room so normally a "real" doctor can be persuaded to leave his cup of coffee and get to work.
And politically here's an issue for Cameron to really get his teeth into, will he have a bulldog bite or is he more the Golden Lab type?