Hospitals are mothballing scores of wards, blocking them to patients despite the NHS’s continuing beds crisis and at the last tally in September 82 ghost wards were shown containing 1,429 vacant beds, the equivalent of two complete hospitals.
It draws a clear development on the 32 wards and 502 beds that were unused four years earlier.
The closures, frequently a consequence of hospitals not having enough personnel or the funds to keep wards open, have happened at a time when the health service is under unusual pressure and fighting to cope with the demand for beds.
Doctors’ managers responded with disbelief to the revelations, and this came after the NHS was facing its worst winter for numerous years and when many hospitals ran out of beds.
Given the demands on the entire system, which imply the NHS was 5,000 beds short of what is required, the situation was astounding and is virtually always caused by not having enough funds or personnel.
This winter there was a widespread alarm that the NHS’s management of continually cutting beds had gone too far, with A&E units full of patients on trolleys and people being looked after by paramedics in ambulances.
Bed occupation ran at 95 percent for much of December, January and February far beyond the 85 percent safe level as flu, cold weather and breathing difficulties led to unusual amounts of patients being admitted as medical emergencies.
Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, who received the figures, necessitated that ministers examine why so many hospitals are using a method that he called a scandal.
Doctors predicted that the winter pressure was expected to grow into the summer and now research exposes the amount to which beds that could be used to attend suffering patients have been locked away and Tory ministers have allowed 14,500 beds to be trimmed from the NHS in the past eight years.
Wards have been left vacant and available and it’s a disgrace and ministers should be ensuring beds are used at this time of emergency for the NHS.
Continuing deficiencies of nurses and doctors and the NHS funds squeeze are forcing hospitals to shut beds and these conclusions will not startle any clinical workers in the NHS.
It shows problems around staffing hospitals reliably and in any comparison the greatest expense is personnel.
In years and years of attempting to balance books and realise efficiency savings, numerous hospitals will have taken the chances to close clinical domains if they at all can.
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS foundation trust stated a shortage of doctors and nurses determined it had nine wards containing 270 beds lying vacant in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, the greatest number in England.
Overall 92.7 percent of its beds were filled last winter, well preceding the 85 percent level that health authorities and A&E doctors think is needed to decrease hospital-acquired infections and guarantee great care.
Last September one of its nine wards had been mothballed for 1,460 days, four years.
In 2013, the trust implemented its transformational strategy which involved optimising the use of space in our hospitals to better patient pathways and as a consequence, it transferred a balance of inpatient activity from University Hospital of Hartlepool to University Hospital of North Tees.
As with numerous NHS trusts, the deficit of professional medical personnel to fulfil openings and the unwillingness to negotiate on patient safety meant that it felt this was the correct judgment to make.
Severe bed deficiencies this winter pushed NHS trusts to open up an approximated 4,000 escalation, extra beds, to help them cope, but staffing them proved challenging and multiple trusts had to hire high-priced agency employees to look after patients.
At a time when patients are facing unacceptably long waits to be examined and the affront of being treated in hospital hallways, it is illogical for hospitals to have additional beds available but also unavailable because they have been taken out of use and it is essential to look at why these aren’t being used when the NHS is under such tension.
Funding and staffing restrictions mean it isn’t always feasible to keep beds open and this is far from perfect given the NHS has at times been running at full capacity, with some patients left idling longer than they should for treatment given the shortage of accessible beds.
The NHS’s beds dilemma was highlighted when the IT manager Martyn Wells reported that he was put on a trolley in a windowless hospital store cupboard in Birmingham to recover following an operation to tackle a stage four malignant melanoma cancer that had spread to his stomach.
The Department of Health and Social Care stated: “It is misleading to say hospital beds are being mothballed – trusts control the number of beds to meet demand and that’s why they were able to open 3,000 more at peak periods this winter.”
One moment we’re being told the problem is that there are no beds, then we’re being told there is not enough staff, there appears to be a deficit of organisation here, so what does the simpering Jeremy Hunt say about that? He will probably rent them out to patients.
If all these beds are available, then why are people being told that they have to remain in hallways for hours before they get to see a doctor, this doesn’t make any sense at all.
We don’t appear to have money for beds and to pay staff, but we have the funds for combat. This is feckless behaviour on the part of our government and there appears to be frugality where the NHS is concerned but when it comes to funding the war effort they’re pretty thrifty.
They would sell our souls if they could get away with it because they appear to have an infinite wealth of funds when they want it but not for the stuff that truly matters.
I’m not a romanticist but there are some things I am passionate about and that’s keeping our NHS intact. The government are corrupt and singularly occupied in making a buck or two and it’s okay wanting to line your pocket, so long as it doesn’t affect sick and deteriorating patients.
When you muck up a service with cuts and no salary increases it becomes a surprisingly unproductive service.
There are loads of locution from the government about privatising the NHS so that they can revamp the service to make it sound but it won’t make it sound. It’s like putting the service into rehab in the dream that they can make it better but like everything else, it will run well for a while and then it will sink and petrify into the service it was before.
However, if the government financed the NHS correctly so that they could pay their workers correctly and hire the relevant quantity of workers, it’s not rocket science. The government must do the right thing and not palm the NHS off, slice it up and auction it off the highest bidder so they don’t have the burden of it anymore.
The NHS is one of the greatest institutions, it’s talked about all over the globe. People rave about how great it is, all over the globe and it is a great institution if the government put enough energy into it. Sadly, the government are disconnected from anything kind-hearted and they have no unconditional regard for the people of this country.
My father used to maintain that there’s a little bit of good in everybody, even killers and you simply have to free yourself to see it, well I’m still looking with regards to our government but I’m powerless to recognise anything great about them and the only thing that has evolved from them is a culture of whimsicality, indulgence and peculiarity.
Then there are the staffing jobs in the thousands, government ineptitude in suspending salary for years, failure to recruit and hire doctors and nurses and chasing EU workers out of the NHS via the Brexit mood and we contribute less to healthcare than most of the developed world.
As a portion of GDP, the United Kingdom used less on healthcare than the USA, Japan, France and Germany and a comparable rate to Canada. The USA used the most on healthcare at a rate of GDP at 16.6 percent.
Our government seems to have no empathy and they’re indifferent to people that are not like them. They’re only understanding when they’re in their own class of people. Other than that, they’re cruel and uncaring.
They have this hardness of heart and there is no reachability and there is no decency in their heart, it’s almost as if they’re an advocator of supremacy.