Jeremy Hunt has declared that from April this year the NHS trust will be constitutionally forced to verify the immigration status of patients and charge them upfront if they are not eligible for free treatment.
Nevertheless, there is one nurse that will be fighting against passport checks on her ward.
As a nurse, this makes her extremely sad, and as a career, nurses and doctors should be honoured for their personal sacrifice and commitment to an occupation that uses up unlimited hours and low rewards, as well as, the loving work they engage on an everyday basis.
Soon nurses will become figures of fear for people, without any right to good health.
No longer will it be the secure space, the non-judgemental labyrinth, with people who support you in your deepest darkest hour. It will first question your legitimacy to be there, inspect your identification, your history and your priority to health.
There is a particular brutality to a system that pits nurses against patients, that by design will support racial profiling and that will drive many migrant nurses to become border agents.
This nurse works in wards that caters for elective procedures for about 20 cardiac patients every day. The 2011 census information divulges that 17 percent of UK citizens do not hold a UK passport, which means nearly four patients every day are missing their treatment or being confronted with having to establish their acceptability to NHS debt agents.
That’s four additional patients a day who are in considerable danger of having heart attacks, who need a fresh battery for their pacemaker, or who seriously require treatment that will improve their breathing so they can stroll to the shops again. It means a lower level of life for many people, added A&E admissions, and further families destroyed by sudden and preventable mortality.
At the moment doctors are publicly declining to carry out checks and following public participation, and there are reports of a GP surgery in East London agreeing that they will at no time demand to see a passport.
In the meantime, organisations like Docs Not Cops and the Nurses Action Group at Guy’s and St Thomas’s are beginning to stand collectively against the constraints by educating migrants how to get GP services and by providing an information pack to support NHS staff in starting crusades in their own trusts.
As nurses, they can all assist. They can talk to their co-workers and make sure they know about the changes, they can lobby their administrators to vocally turn down the project and put up notices, putting the patient’s mind at rest, and they can make it clear that they will not be checking passports themselves.
There will be no doubt on the amount of bullying response they will get from the administration, nevertheless, if they help each other, they will have to listen. This isn’t the first time nurses will be standing up for the fate of the NHS. In 1983 nurses started a two-month occupation that opposed the closing down of Hayes College Hospital.
In 2004 nursery nurses in Scotland went on strike for seven weeks to end their penury incomes, and more recently, a long-running community battle preserved Lewisham A&E from closing down. For those who don’t work in the NHS, you can help your GP to ostracise passport controls, and get involved in your regional Clinical Commissioning Group and encourage them to do the same, and always decline to show your passport on demand.
Healthcare is a right, not a privilege and we must all stand together just like they did in 1983, and in 2004 with the ongoing Lewisham Hospital crusade and to make sure it carries on that way.
The way in which they are handling this is preposterous, and the healthcare system will cave in miserably because of this. Not everybody in the United Kingdom has a passport, not everyone can afford one, and not everybody has been outside the United Kingdom, so would not need a passport.
How on earth are they going to manage this if somebody comes into A&E, are they going to demand to see everyone’s passport, or will they simply challenge the people that look like they are from a different country, who speaks a different language, or looks like they might be a revolutionary?
Consequently, what if you do genuinely live in the United Kingdom, but don’t have a passport, what, you don’t get treatment?
They clearly haven’t examined this extremely well at all, and this operation is laden with a bone of contention.
This country that we call the United Kingdom is filled with numerous people from various areas, particularly London, Birmingham and Manchester where there is a huge population, and these plans that Jeremy Hunt is going ahead with in April will unquestionably bring the NHS to its heels.
Most people have no idea of the actuality on the ground, they are misguided, to say the least. Immigrants don’t have access to the NHS except if they pay National insurance. One woman who can’t be quoted never got access to free health care.
Britons do everything in an extremely moronic way.
Get rid of Jeremy Hunt fast, as the person clearly does not have enough expertise to even clean a hospital toilet.
If you believe it’s not insulting to ask for a passport from a foreigner with a British National insurance card, then everyone must be very cold hearted. One could endure being asked for their National Insurance number, there is some reasoning behind that, but to demand a nurse play border guard is totally wrong.
So in order to get sick, you have to get a passport. Let’s pray children never get sick because you can’t put in an application for a passport until you’re 16 or over.
There was a time we were open with hospitality, and even then it was an extraordinary thing.
Presently, according to the government that we are stuck with, decisions still have to be made.
It appears clear that whilst emergency care should be given at the point of need, in chronic sickness preference should be given to people whatever the case.
This nurse appears pretty extraordinary as she bolsters for all mankind. Sadly, not all of us are a sympathetic gentlefolk.
The NHS has in general been considered as one of the most successful healthcare systems in the developed world. For example, a study correlating the healthcare structures of 11 nations between 2011 and 2013 found that the NHS scored highest on quality, access, and performance.
However, by 2016 the image was becoming quite different. Good access to services and high quality of care were in jeopardy, mainly because of inadequate funding of the NHS, who were presently undergoing the largest sustained decline in NHS spending in any period since 1951.
The NHS had once been modified for inflation, and spending on the NHS had been rising by only 0.9% a year on average, well below the 3.7% growth rate in the UK health service that it has been used to in the past.
Yet even worse, once inflation that is specific to the NHS comes into account, the actual boost in funding is only 0.2% a year.
A number of doctors working in A&E departments across the country were asked to describe how their departments were managing, and they said that they were overwhelmed by underemployment, and said that it’s been like an outright war zone.
The government at the moment, (not considering regulatory organisations), are disregarding the worst hospital conditions in memory.
One doctor on a shift walked into see patients that had been waiting four and a half hours to see a doctor. This means that each patient has failed the breach objective by the time they are seen, and a hard-working staff nurse asked a doctor to take a survey on a patient she was a bit worried about.
The lady was devastatingly sick with a perforated bowel and could have quickly become fatally unwell, but she survived thanks to the observational attention of doctors and nurses, and later the wonderful surgical unit.
The London ambulance service is likewise overwhelmed, they couldn’t give a doctor a transfer ambulance for an emergency case to an 11-year-old with a sight-threatening virus for at least 70 minutes, but the objective is eight minutes, it’s a wonder the child didn’t lose an eye.
Hospitals are decaying and are unsafe on a daily basis, and there were 75 patients in a department with 18 major’s beds, thirty-five of those were medical patients who were anticipating beds, but 20 patients hadn’t, as there were no beds to see them or no team to triage them.
Concerns had been orally communicated through formal emails to the trust, along with incident reports et cetera, but nothing could be done as it can’t be done elsewhere either, and medical professionals were debating whether to resign, because they were worried that soon somebody would have died on their watch and that things were getting totally out of control. Perhaps it had already occurred and they just didn’t know about it.
Lord knows what people are thinking about this nationally, and it frightens doctors and nurses because they have no idea what they are heading for, and when a family member got admitted to the hospital, this nurse was terrified, not because it was that grave but she felt they may not be safe in the hospital.
Hospital staff are getting annoyed that things are being overlooked and swept under the rug. They are vexed that they are left to pick up the pieces and have to atone for a system that they have put their heart and souls into, but not only that, have no authority over.
It has been terrible in A&E departments, there are no beds, and there are more than 20 patients lining up in hallways at any given time. Asking a pregnant woman who is having a miscarriage about her blood loss in a queue is demeaning, never mind asking her in a packed A&E which is packed with noisy drunks.
It’s really not fair to have to practice medicine in this way, but what choice do they have?
Patients are getting poor quality of care, and that’s a fact, not fiction.
So much for calling 999 in a crisis, and then having to wait ages for the ambulance to come, and then have to wait in hallways of the A&E to unload the patients.
Even once you enter the department with said emergency, the patient will be waiting hours for any type of evaluation or treatment.
The conclusion in this degradation is solely to keep patients as safe as imaginable, but errors are being made and this is not sustainable.
This nurse was on call at night for a week at a small district general hospital, and they had to put the hospital on divert.
There were 15 ambulances waiting admission and consultants were doing their evaluations on the back of the ambulances.
A four-bedded resuscitation unit is required to make room for eight patients, but a doctors who had left his shift, came back 24-hours later to discover that some of the same patients were still in resuscitation, and being in charge of the emergency department overnight with roster breaks, had requested a divert for a few hours to enable staff to catch up, simply to be informed that the plans had changed and that the capacity problem presently had to be dealt with internally.
In the A&E department were this nurse works, there is a provision to keep up to 12 people overnight in case the wards are extremely crowded, but there were 27 sick patients all needing hospital treatment who were retained in hallways and the laundry room.
It’s normal at the moment for 20 patients to be there overnight. They are having to send patients home they would sooner accept, with limited to no access to social care.
Everyone is petrified, and everyone is expecting something shocking to happen since no matter how laboriously they work, there are simply too many holes that are opening for patients to slide through.
Stafford is where everything went down several years ago, and in hindsight, we really don’t want that happening again, but it appears the same situation is presently happening, and it’s happening on a national level, and I really hope desperately that nobody that you love or care about needs to be admitted to the hospital right now.
The government won’t accept that there is a problem since it accumulates them billions of pounds in expenditure, and another elderly person that dies is more cash in their pocket, another expecting mother that has a miscarriage is yet another shortfall they don’t have to bother about.
We have to be conscious of the reality that each person that dies in the A&E department is extra money in the government’s pocket and the more people that die, the bigger the smile on their faces.
It’s just a well-mannered way of saying feck off, you’re not esteemed here since your not on the elite list, and we want an elitist culture, and everyone else that is other than elitist is simply riffraff, and not deserving.
We are just the dregs of civilisation, the dossers. Nevertheless, they are far from mistaken because we are human beings, not animals that they can just euthanise when it suits them because we simply don’t pigeonhole into a category that they want us to.
However, they do rank us and distinguish as something else, other than human, and if we are not worth a digit to them, we are not worth anything, and far better off out of the way.
That’s why we are put into social classes, but honestly, why do we need social classes, a pecking system where the elite can lay claim to everything that they want, and do anything that they want, and tell us that it’s socially unacceptable to demonstrate against the regime.
However, it’s all a bogus effort to make you frightened and that’s precisely what most of us are, fearful of the regime, whilst they produce a society of elite theatrical circus animals, that are merely pawns that dance to their master’s tune.
There are those that do, and there are those that converse, but what we must do, is to take part and fight against the government and prevent them from telling us stories that are not accurate, to end the hypocrisy and to assert ourselves, and to resist being told what to do like animals at the zoo, we are not pets.
We must start as we mean to go on, otherwise we will just disappear, or will simply be eliminated from society completely, and we must tackle the problem in the moment! We must remain resolute and challenge, infringe the rules, diverge from the norm.
There is simply not enough staff, and 12 ambulances regularly gathering in ambulance bays is sickening, and in A&E departments patients can wait for up to eight hours, although emergency cases do get examined first, as do strokes, and a triage nurse will pull the sickest from hallways, but sometimes they are still seen in hallways, plus a consultant is assigned to the hallway to assure safety, although I’m certain that some hospitals operate on another concept.
A consultant has been staying overnight, owing to safety concerns, but that is unsustainable, and these poor doctors are burning out, and no one is worried about there being a violation any longer.
The whole system is disintegrating, and on New Year’s Eve, nurses at a hospital requested for a divert when the delay was eight and a half hours long with just 14 ambulances left on the roads in Merseyside, but this is not unusual, and the divert was dismissed, since the delay was not the highest, and every other department was in the same position.
One registrar in one of the busiest emergency departments in the country stated that in the past week it had seen the most busiest day on record with almost 200 people waiting in the department at one point, and it was a five-hour wait to be examined, and a 14-hour delay for beds.
There were people queuing to get a space in resuscitation, and it invariably becomes critical because there is an everyday lack of beds, owing to poor movement of patients backing up the emergency department.
The patients are coming to harm, and there is unquestionably mortalities resulting from the prevailing state of emergency medicine.
It appears that we condemn foreigners for all that happens in this realm. We don’t have enough jobs, let’s condemn an immigrant, or we don’t have enough social housing, let’s condemn another ethnic minority. We don’t have enough beds in our hospitals, or staff, so let’s blame a terrorist!
It’s as if we have ultimately ruled that all our problems have been created by immigrants, with the emergence of UKIP, the gossip of immigrants taking all of our jobs, of engulfing our country which is already loaded and swamping our services.
This has been heard, on doorsteps, even in other locations which do not have many newcomers in the local communities, and of course, immigration, and all other matters related to people coming to the United Kingdom from overseas are legitimate topics of discussion, but it does not mean we all have to agree with it.
Some people are working themselves into a hysteria of hate and mistrust of foreign people, frequently founded on no proof, and this will do us financial damage and make us look and sound bigoted as a country.
Ordinary settlers coming into the United Kingdom did not create countless underhanded ways of lending and re-lending pointless loans to get wealthy people even wealthier, which we now are aware led to the banking cave in, and the near decay of our financial system, but you would believe they did, the way people are piling in.
Foreign students total about £8 billion to the UK financial system, and additionally, in the current climate, we could feasibly get a referendum to freeze them all coming here.
Review of numbers from the Office for Budget Responsibility predicts that if we reduce net immigration to the United Kingdom, it would cost the economy £18 billion over the first five years, and in the current political climate, we could get a majority to end all migration, even if it costs us billions, and sends us into a financial recession.
This is not all about prejudice, in spite of the fact there will be some of that. This is about numerous taxpayers expressing concerns about the concept of other people coming from elsewhere and using our resources when they have become so scarce.
It is, in some cases, about the dread of development in our communities, as people from various lifestyles move in, and it is in part the opinion of people who do not believe they have a stake in society and the political system.
However, like the suspicion of wrongdoing, it is usually not based on what is really happening, but I like that our country is made up of many cultures, and we profit from the strength of foreigners coming here and starting businesses and striving hard to give us services, but all this is getting lost at the moment in a yelling competition over migration.
That is not to say that there are no difficulties with services in areas, and some immigrant workers may well replace some UK taxpayers from some jobs, but the prevailing mood for the dispute goes far beyond a calculated estimate of what we must do, and it could cost our financial system dearly, and cost us our good name for open-mindedness.
If the law on immigration commands changing or rearranging to deter some people misusing it, then great, but we are well past the level of fairness, especially looking at what is actually happening, and people screaming the most vociferous on how much we don’t like outside people, and how we are going to teach them a lesson.
This is now turning us into a more narrow-minded nation, and this may well cause us financial impairment, and it is very wrong, and there are rules in place for the administration of hospitals to verify acceptability for treatment, so maybe, these really well-returned managers should actually do the work that they are compensated for because it’s not up to doctors and nurses to do their work for them.