Covid response hits rural NHS services hard - report
11/12/2020 | news | health | 12
Coronavirus pandemic measures mean the hospitals face an uphill struggle to restore services.
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11/12/2020 10:07:22 1 0
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Why do we not deploy some of the 8,000 dedicated military medical staff to take over the Covid cases (if that is what is really causing this), so NHS can catch up? https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/defence-medical-services#:~:text=Defence%20Medical%20Services%20(%20DMS%20)%20in%20the%20UK,-The%20DMS%20is&text=The%20DMS%20is%20staffed%20by,forces%20quarterly%20service%20personnel%20statistics).
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11/12/2020 13:22:11 3 0
bbc
Most military physicians/surgeons etc already work within the NHS. They only don't when deployed
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11/12/2020 10:11:13 1 0
bbc
Clearly the additional funding for rural areas is in adequate. The funding formula needs correction.
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11/12/2020 11:36:07 2 0
bbc
Historic funding to places such as Cornwall has always been woefully inadequate but the NHS has not had the guts to increase spending in these areas as giving smaller increases to the large urban areas is politically unacceptable.
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11/12/2020 10:36:24 7 1
bbc
"an uphill challenge when it came to restoring services to normal. "

Surely this can't be true ... I keep seeing adverts stating that the NHS is open for business.

However seeing a GP is almost impossible and that's only the beginning of the referral system, you then wait months to see a consultant to see if they'll do anything, then, if you're lucky, onto a waiting list to get something done.
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11/12/2020 13:49:55 3 2
bbc
I’ve had no problem speaking to GPs. I have no desire to visit the surgery in person. There was a report last week of a patient turning up a GP surgery with Covid Symptoms. They also turn up at A and E. Such irresponsible behaviour should lead to a prosecution.
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11/12/2020 11:13:57 6 1
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"The Covid-19 pandemic inevitably has disrupted routine health services"

What's disrupted them far more is all the headless chicken lockdowns and restrictions. They have poured a lot of oil on what would have been a very small fire.
2
11/12/2020 10:11:13 1 0
bbc
Clearly the additional funding for rural areas is in adequate. The funding formula needs correction.
5
11/12/2020 11:36:07 2 0
bbc
Historic funding to places such as Cornwall has always been woefully inadequate but the NHS has not had the guts to increase spending in these areas as giving smaller increases to the large urban areas is politically unacceptable.
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11/12/2020 12:03:31 7 0
bbc
Once again the needs of rural areas are ignored, not just in health care, but in transport (a bus every two hours up till 8pm!) and in support for business (low broadband speeds and no help for the self-employed and small businesses).
Rural deprivation is as bad, if not worse, than in urban areas and government should recognise this.
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12/12/2020 15:23:07 0 0
bbc
Yes indeed. Here in the Cotswolds our GPS are refusing to administer the Covid vaccine as they “have other things to do”. Vaccination will only happen at the hospital - useless for elderly folk without cars
1
11/12/2020 10:07:22 1 0
bbc
Why do we not deploy some of the 8,000 dedicated military medical staff to take over the Covid cases (if that is what is really causing this), so NHS can catch up? https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/defence-medical-services#:~:text=Defence%20Medical%20Services%20(%20DMS%20)%20in%20the%20UK,-The%20DMS%20is&text=The%20DMS%20is%20staffed%20by,forces%20quarterly%20service%20personnel%20statistics).
7
11/12/2020 13:22:11 3 0
bbc
Most military physicians/surgeons etc already work within the NHS. They only don't when deployed
3
11/12/2020 10:36:24 7 1
bbc
"an uphill challenge when it came to restoring services to normal. "

Surely this can't be true ... I keep seeing adverts stating that the NHS is open for business.

However seeing a GP is almost impossible and that's only the beginning of the referral system, you then wait months to see a consultant to see if they'll do anything, then, if you're lucky, onto a waiting list to get something done.
8
11/12/2020 13:49:55 3 2
bbc
I’ve had no problem speaking to GPs. I have no desire to visit the surgery in person. There was a report last week of a patient turning up a GP surgery with Covid Symptoms. They also turn up at A and E. Such irresponsible behaviour should lead to a prosecution.
12
12/12/2020 15:30:27 0 0
bbc
My wife had an eye complaint a couple of months ago and phoned her GP, they asked us to send in a photo of her eyes which we did. The GP rang back and said they couldn't see what was wrong and to contact an optician. The optician saw my wife face to face, diagnosed the problem and gave treatment.

Suppose she should consider herself lucky that she didn't have piles ...
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11/12/2020 14:06:04 2 6
bbc
The NHS needs to get a grip. Ever and ever vast increasing sums of money paid in, yet the service is simply not good enough. If I was allowed to keep my taxes and buy my own service, I would get much better value for money.
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11/12/2020 22:21:39 1 0
bbc
Digitalise the NHS and stop wasting mone in administration. Hire more doctors and nurses and use the equipment you have. machines are idle.. a very poor adminstration and management. very poor
6
11/12/2020 12:03:31 7 0
bbc
Once again the needs of rural areas are ignored, not just in health care, but in transport (a bus every two hours up till 8pm!) and in support for business (low broadband speeds and no help for the self-employed and small businesses).
Rural deprivation is as bad, if not worse, than in urban areas and government should recognise this.
11
12/12/2020 15:23:07 0 0
bbc
Yes indeed. Here in the Cotswolds our GPS are refusing to administer the Covid vaccine as they “have other things to do”. Vaccination will only happen at the hospital - useless for elderly folk without cars
8
11/12/2020 13:49:55 3 2
bbc
I’ve had no problem speaking to GPs. I have no desire to visit the surgery in person. There was a report last week of a patient turning up a GP surgery with Covid Symptoms. They also turn up at A and E. Such irresponsible behaviour should lead to a prosecution.
12
12/12/2020 15:30:27 0 0
bbc
My wife had an eye complaint a couple of months ago and phoned her GP, they asked us to send in a photo of her eyes which we did. The GP rang back and said they couldn't see what was wrong and to contact an optician. The optician saw my wife face to face, diagnosed the problem and gave treatment.

Suppose she should consider herself lucky that she didn't have piles ...