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News and Comment April 2021

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12 April (Part 1) - The Covid only health service

From time to time I have mentioned how two friends with suspected heart problems have been at first ignored and then messed around by the NHS in a disgraceful and possibly life threatening manner. The last occasion was three weeks ago.

Since then both have had scans. One was provided with a stent and told there was not much else they could do for him. The other received an urgent telephone call which told him that he must get himself into hospital with no delay whatsoever.

He did as he was told and was immediately placed into Intensive Care with instructions not to get out of bed for anything at all. He has been diagnosed with a condition which Google tells me affects only single figures of people a year and if not treated quickly is very serious indeed.

The NHS has kept him waiting for a year.

Moving down the urgency scale by quite a long way my telephone consultation on Friday 6th March resulted in a consultant’s promise that my situation would be discussed with colleagues the following Monday and they would call me back. Two weeks on and I have heard nothing.

These episodes are being repeated all over the country because the Health service is failing miserably under the direction of Health Secretary Matt Hancock.


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