A&E performance drops in Antrim Hospital during July, this was the first test of new A&E and of Northern Health & Social Care Trust bosses Mary Hinds & Paul Cummings and they both have fell at the first hurdle.
In figures released by the Health & Social Care Board it shows that not once during the last year, April 2012/13, did the ambulance service meet the Ministerial target of regionally arriving at 72.5% of all life threatening calls in under 8 minutes.
The poll also shows that 48% of family doctors think that patients now have to wait longer for a GP appointment, while four in five GPs are more likely to want to quit the profession than they were five years ago.
A study carried out by Queens University, Belfast show how patients reported that they would need to feel more unwell in order to attend A&E following the closures of Mid Ulster A&E.
Official Report (Hansard)Session: 2012/2013
Date: Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety
A&E Improvement Action Group: DHSSPS/HSCB Briefing
For full briefing: http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/Assembly-Business/Official-Report/Committee-Minutes-of-Evidence/Session-2012-2013/May-2013/AE-Improvement-Action-Group-DHSSPSHSCB-Briefing/
Ever contracting, under staffed with dangerously low capacity within the A&E service in Northern Ireland, is this leading to more deaths inside A&E ?.
In March 2012 a elderly patient died un-noticed on a trolley in the Royal Victoria Hospital, the patient was found by ambulance crews who arrived to move him to a different unit. 6 months later in October 2012 another man died in Antrim Area A&E after waiting 22 and a half hours to be admitted from the A&E into a ward.
More recently we have seen the death of a 3 month old baby who arrived at Antrim Area A&E, the child and its mother spent half an hour in the waiting room waiting for medical care, by the time that help came it was too late and the baby died after being transferred to the Royal.
In a meeting after this incident attended by Save The Mid's Hugh McCloy with a off duty member of staff who witnessed this incident, Margret O'Hagan acute director in the Northern Health & Social Care Trust stated that if it was any consolation the baby would of not lived anyway. Despite this the Acute Director was not willing to admit that the system failed, regardless if the child had lived or died there was a serious failing inside the A&E that was directly related to over crowding and capacity issues and not just the medical condition of the baby.
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