Save the NHS by calling 999 for accountants

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Another day, another desperate NHS headline about A & E . I have long observed and often stated that in spite of safer roads and less work accidents we see more ambulances than ever shooting past on "blues and twos" . It simply makes no sense and points to blatant abuse of the service. Somebody showed an item on social media yesterday with a picture of a coastguard member and an ambulance with a sticker on the side stating "you don't call you coastguard if you fall into a puddle", so why do so many of us call 999 for the smallest ache and pain?

Answer = we have created an incapable society. People are in the mindset that they cannot look after themselves and the smallest bump warrants a trip to A&E. Everything nowadays is somebody else's job to sort. 

Furthermore, drunks should be sent a bill for their treatment. If the alcohol they buy is heavily taxed so can the consequences be - many of them may think twice prior to embarking on a binge at the weekends.

A relative of mine spent a day on the ambulances with a 999 team. She told me that most of the day they were a taxi service for the inebriated - free and fast to boot!

The great British public cannot expect A&E to work as they would wish whilst they continue to abuse it. We need to get tough and turf some attendees out. Make the minor injury people who should not be there wait for 12 hours and they will soon stop coming.

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By Knight Rider
17th Jan 2017 18:39

People are visiting A&E because it is difficult to see a GP so some reforms to the way GPs operate could relieve pressure on A&E.
Hospitals are also reluctant to check people's eligibility and chase payment from those not eligible. Indeed some hospitals don't have processes for this at all.
In an open economy the public sector must be accountable to the taxpayer and spend the money given to it appropriately. Stopping payments to translators and enforcing debts would be a start.

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By Norman Younger
17th Jan 2017 20:29

It's a free for all with foreigners. A few years back my nephew required emergency treatment in 2 hospitals following an accident. My brother said that he lived abroad and was insured. Nobody batted an eyelid.
GP services need sorted. I cannot begin to fathom how people not self employed manage to book appointments. I put up with the stupid rules as I work for myself. I think the logic is that by pushing you off for 3 weeks either you are better or dead.

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By Viciuno
21st Jan 2017 21:56

"Furthermore, drunks should be sent a bill for their treatment. If the alcohol they buy is heavily taxed so can the consequences be - many of them may think twice prior to embarking on a binge at the weekends."

Clearly you have not thought this through (I hope so at least) as this is a very flippant comment. Not to mention that this would be a hugely regressive policy! What would you recommend people who cant afford this care? Are they to be left to die at home while the wealthy - who probably contributed to the financial state of those who cannot afford it - can get get treatment with little impact on their standard of life. Actually instead of a flat charge of the costs, why don't we charge people a % of their net wealth? That would probably make that a more fair policy.

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Surly this would lead to a down a slippery slope of charging for everything.

Do we then charge fat people for problems caused by obesity?

Or what about people who fall off trampolines because they don't have a safety net?

What about people on bicycles that don't wear helmets?

Children who climb walls and fall off - is that not also classed as stupidity and foreseeable?

Or motorcyclists that have an accident? Should they also be charged because it is safer to be in a car?

Just because you don't drink to excess on the odd occasion (I assume so or else you wouldn't of made the comment you did) doesn't mean you can get on your high horse and demand these people are marginalized.

Could these ambulances also not be going to help people who are old and frail rather than just drunks?

I read recently that Cuba has one of the best preventative healthcare systems in the world - and have an unusually high Doctor to population ratio, far in superior to our own. They also enforce yearly check ups. Yearly home visits from doctors to ensure that the population are safe and well in their home environment are enforced.

The topic of our struggling healthcare system could have been explored in far greater depth rather than the just a "blame drunk people". You could also have made a sensible suggestion like tripling the number of doctor training places, or introducing GP practices to every A&E to separate the wheat from the chaff when they enter.

I would also imagine that the spend on treatment to foreigners in probably negligible to the NHS budget. I know many foreign immigrants that rarely use the benefit system our country operates, whereas I also know British people who take full advantage.

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By Norman Younger
22nd Jan 2017 11:12

I drink regularly but know my limits. People do not get drunk by accident, many go out for the night to get drunk.
Those engaging in dangerous sports have no intention of having a mishap.
Something needs done and tough decisions are needed. I suspect the public would accept it.

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