Community Group For Mid Ulster
410% Increase in Outpatient Waiters & More
Attached are unpublished scans of performance within the Northern Health & Social Care Trust, taken from the Board Room meeting 26/5/11, during the board room meeting I questioned several aspects of the performance but the Trust failed to answer. Save The Mid meet with Sean Donaghy on Monday the 6th June.
outpatients@30-04-11 001.jpg, Shows;
- At the 30-04-11 shows 9,292 patients waiting over 9 weeks for first appointment, very worrying lists are in regards to cardiology, gynaecology and general surgery. Long waiting lists drives up A&E attendance as those waiting for severe lengths on time can find that a mild illness can turn into an acute episode in A&E. This puts further pressure on a under-developed and under-performing A&E service within the Trust.
- Backstops are in place only to ensure that the Trust are not fined for poor performance, although if fined or sanctioned the Trust pay such fines and sanctions with Tax payers money.
- At 30-04-11 shows 2,271 patients waiting 13 weeks or more for inpatient or day-case treatment, again like out patients mild illness that are going untreated will and do lead to acute illnesses and more acute episodes at A&E@ within the Trust
- Backstops are the same as outpatients
In comparison with historical records when Mid Ulster has a fully operational acute hospital waiting lists were never as severe;
- According to the NSHCT Performance Report from April 2008 (link) shows that (page 34) in April 2008 there were 955 patients waiting over 13 weeks, this rose 138% over a three year period to 2,271 patients waiting for Inpatient/Day-case Treatment. In the same report (page 35) in regards to Out Patients there were only 1,823 waiting over 9 weeks for their first appointment, an increase over three years of 410% of patients waiting is now reported in April 2011 with 9,292 patients waiting 9 weeks or more.
The NHSCT have made many changes to the provision of Health Services for its residents from Mid Ulster, Antrim, Coleraine, nothing that this Trust has done has led to better outcomes for patients, nothing that this Trust has saved in terms of resources have saved in terms of lives.
In regards to the Mid Ulster Hospital, we did not have excessive waiting times in A&E, we did not have disgraceful outpatients/inpatient waiting times that leads to more health problems, we did not have poor ambulance response times when the Mid Ulster hospital was a fully operational Acute Facility.
The Mid Ulster Hospital was built and developed to save the lives of residents from Mid Ulster, now with the closure of the Mid Ulster Hospital the negative effect has spread across the Provence as the remaining acute Hospitals simply do not have the capacity to treat patients from Mid Ulster descending upon them.
Antrim Hospital is only half built, it could not meet the demand placed on it before the closure of Mid Ulster, how the NHSCT Executives thought that Antrim could deal with the extra demand is negligence on their behalf, these same Executives both current and Historically should be removed from the position of power and control they hold and made accountable for their actions. When NI Water put at danger the lives of residents in Northern Ireland they were made fully accountable, it is time health chiefs were made face the same charges.
This Health scandal, the largest in the history of Northern Ireland that is Developing Better Services must be stopped and with Save The Mid I will remain constant in they stance that Mid Ulster residents require acute services that are based in Mid Ulster.
Hugh Mc Cloy
Chair Save The Mid