“I could have died waiting so long to get my scan and operation. The place was jam-packed. Every cubicle was taken and trolleys lined the corridors. In between, people well enough to sit up were on chairs. If this is what it’s like at the height of summer, how bad could it be in the depths of winter?
For six hours my wife, mother, and a friend were being told ‘Yes, yes, yes – he will be seen.’ But they were being fobbed off. They found out I had not been booked in for a scan on the system. In the meantime, I was on a trolley, in an A&E cubicle that doubled as a storeroom, curled up in pain…
They discovered I had a perforated, gangrenous appendix. Thankfully they got to it and the resulting infection in time, before it became life-threatening. It could have been very serious. People die of appendicitis and time is crucial.
I waited nine to ten hours longer than I should have done for the scan. If it was not for my family and friend acting as my advocates, I fear I would have been completely lost in the system. I fear for other patients, who may well be disorientated and vulnerable, and, without their own advocate, become helpless and voiceless.
I know the hospital was almost certainly trying to do its best. But when you have an A&E bursting at the seams, you can’t give everyone the best care. The reality I saw was that on an ordinary day in June my local A&E could not cope.”
“I didn’t make a fuss about being a local MP, but someone found out, and the chief executive and the A&E consultant came to see me on my trolley. They were very concerned and apologised for me being missed from the CT booking system.”I’ll bet they were concerned.
It’s OK to see thousands of inconsequential plebs peg out for lack of appropriate care but the local MP? That is one gigantic no-no. The Mail on Sunday’s Stephen Adams added:
“After finally being taken for a scan at 5.30pm, Mr Burrowes had to wait another seven hours in an A&E corridor for a diagnosis – because all the doctors able to interpret the results were in theatre. He finally went into theatre at 2pm the next day – ALMOST 33 HOURS AFTER ARRIVING BY AMBULANCE…I wonder how many foreigners such ‘stretched’ hospitals have to accommodate these days?
Critics claim North Middlesex Hospital A&E has struggled to cope since the department at Chase Farm Hospital in neighbouring Enfield was closed last winter. And last week an official report concluded there had been an ‘underestimate of the resources’ needed to maintain standards, while nurses’ workloads had ‘increased significantly’.
In 2007, David Cameron joined Mr Burrowes in opposing the closure of Chase Farm A&E and was pictured with him outside the hospital. But after coming to power, Mr Cameron’s first Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, approved the closure.
Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission… calculated that 189,000 patients would use the A&E this year – 39,000 more than before the Chase Farm department was downgraded to an Urgent Care Centre in December. Health bosses had forecast only 26,000 extra patients would end up at North Middlesex A&E annually.
The(y) also found managers were ‘firefighting’ as the hospital was ‘stretched’. Yet two more A&Es in the area are to close next month.”
A few death-door megatons every other day I shouldn’t wonder.
And yet everything’s always so rosy in the immigrant garden, according to the LibLabCon merchants the sheeple still vote for, isn’t it?
Anyway, if our hospitals can treat the big shots like this, just imagine what they must be doing to us on a regular basis. Actually, you don’t have to imagine anything. Just read the papers. The cat has been well out of the bag regarding this godawfully inefficient and often uncaring bit of the LibLabCon machine for more than twenty years now. The care many of us receive these days in our NHS hospitals is beyond criminal.
We just die by the unnecessary tens of thousands every year.
And you just know that nobody but nobody, not even David Burrowes, is going to do a damn thing about it. That is they’re not going to do the one thing that would make a positive difference.
They’re not going to close the borders to the freeloaders and they’re not going to boot out the freeloaders already here.
Don’t fall ill, ladies and gents.
They do leave us on trolleys until we die these days.
They really do.
P.S. As Enfield Southgate’s finest didn’t ‘make a fuss about being a local MP,’ and spent 33 hours in total waiting for a very necessary operation, he is obviously a cut above most of the immoral dross in Westminster. However, when I’m the boss, if it comes to a toss up between Mr long-suffering Average and an MP who’s a cut above the rest, the contents of this web site should give you a bit of a clue as to identity of the corpses in the hospital corridors.