- Patients seen in under 4 hours decreased from 79% in Aug 2013 to 76% in Aug 2013
- There was an increase in patients waiting over 12 hours from 96 in Aug 2012 to 145 in Aug 2013
Key Stats for Type 1 A&E performance between Aug 2012 / 2013 show that performance in 2013 was worse:
A&E and Outpatient Performance Slips In Northern Ireland As Transforming Your Care Begins To Cut Services
"BMA Northern Ireland GPs committee chair Tom Black said concerns about the service were as a direct result of under-funding."
Falling A&E numbers, yet 4 hour target is yet far from being achieved in Northern Ireland’s Type 1 accident and emergencies. Although there has been a marked decrease in the amount of patients waiting over 12 hours in A&E for treatment in February 2013, 658 patients waited over 12 hours. 295 of these were at the Ulster Hospital with Antrim having 187.
Comparing figures in A&E are best done by comparing year on year, rather than month on month due to a recognized seasonal variance in attendance.
Key Difference Feb12/13
04 February 2013:
Police have launched an investigation into the deaths of four babies from pseudomonas.
5 March 2012:
Man dies as Belfast A&E 'pushed to limits'The emergency department at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital has come under such pressure recently that the system has been "pushed to its limits", a health chief has said.
13 April 2012:
Patient dies after listeria outbreak at Antrim and Causeway hospitals. Three patients were identified with a blood stream infection due to the listeria bacterium
According to recent figures the Northern Health & Social Care Trust are again and consistently failing on the provision of acute services within its boundaries. Despite falling numbers attending A&E's within the Trust severe waiting times can be seen. As we near the busy season within the Trust the are sever
Latest Position (September 2012):
Position during last 3 months (July - September 2012):Between July and September 2012:
Valerie Jackson has now been removed from the Board of the Northern Health & Social Care Trust. Although this removal is welcomed by Save The Mid, other people involved in the detriment of acute care within the Northern trust should also be removed from managerial positions, namely Dr Oliva Dornan. Save The Mid will find it hard to believe that Valarie Jackson rarely made a medical decision without first consulting Dr Oliva Dornan first.
Save The Mid has constantly questioned the creditability of the decisions made bu the Directors of the NHSCT, the decisions that were made in the name of patient safety have led to some of the worst episodes of patient safety within the trust.
A further review should be under taken by the DHSSPS and Heath Minister to investigate past decision made by Valerie Jackson.
The director was involved in the controversial decision to remove acute services from the Mid Ulster hospital, the closure at the time was classed a crisis closure. What needs to be answered who caused the crisis closure ?
Save The Mid will keep constant pressure upon the board of the NHSCT with the view that Chairman Jim Stewart be brought to Health Minister Edwin Poot's and questioned on the activity of the NHSCT board during his rein as chairman.
Valerie Jackson took up the post of Director of Acute Hospital Services on 2 November 2009. She trained as an RGN in the Royal Victoria Hospital (1985-1988) gaining her midwifery qualification in 1991. Having held many nursing posts in a wide range of hospital and community settings, she joined the Northern Ireland General Management Training Scheme in 1995 which involved working in range of posts in a variety of Trusts in Northern Ireland. She was appointed Project Manager for Phase 1 of the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in 1997.
Between 1998 and 2003 Valerie worked as Directorate Manager for Medicine, General Manager for Emergency Care and Divisional Manager for the Division of Medicine and Surgery before leaving the Royal Victoria Hospital in 2003 to take up post as Director of Nursing and Primary Care in the Ulster Community and Hospitals Trust.
In 2007 she was appointed to the position as Director of Older People Medicine and Surgery in the Belfast Trust and was also Executive Director for Nursing until June 2009 when she stood down from that role to allow Trauma and Orthopaedic services to join the Older People Medicine and Surgery Service Group.
Save The Mid will be giving evidence to Cookstown District Council regarding primary and secondary health care in the Coosktown District Council Area, on the 23rd Oct 2012.
With the reality of Transforming Your Care starting to sink in Save The Mid will brief the Council on several areas including:
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