Treated more than half of all elective surgery
patients within 28 days four days faster than the previous three months
The focus on elective surgery
is a case in point--one has to have seen a doctor before being put on a waiting list.
The NHS Confederation has mooted the idea of 24-hour, seven-day-a-week 'elective surgery
' centres dedicated to common operations such as hip replacements or cataract work.
Operated on more than half of Category 1 urgent elective surgery
patients within 13 days two days faster than a year earlier, and well under the 30-day benchmark
Dr Winter, who works at Nottingham University Hospitals, said: "Our own hospital has cancelled elective surgery
that involves the need of critical care beds.
Some elective surgery
would go elsewhere and emergency surgery would only be available on an 'extended day' basis - whatever that means.
Referring to elective surgery
, the Minister said prioritisation mattered and failure to prioritise meant sick people missed out.
``This is an elective surgery
ward where quite a number of patients prefer not to have their procedures in August and instead go on holiday so demand for elective surgery
has tailed off.
Blind ideology is not only getting in the way of improving access to publicly funded elective surgery
, it could also be more expensive for taxpayers.
The Eastern Health Board (EHB) decision is part of a plan to develop elective surgery
at the hospital and send patients there from Belfast hospitals.
The good: 33 percent of staff nurses are paid at the rate of $42,422 or higher; the bad: the mental health unit has 30 inpatient beds and 33 patients, and nowhere near enough staff; and the ugly: the roster for wards 1 and 3, now the DI IB is cutting back on elective surgery
Firstly, the NHS tries to be comprehensive and to provide all manner of treatments of borderline effectiveness, as a result of which core services of undoubted importance, such as A and E departments, emergency medical admissions and elective surgery
, have been neglected.