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Hospitals still not up to scratch?

By johnboy - 21 July 2008 41

The Shadow Health Minister Jacqui Burke, has proudly announced the outcome of her Freedom of Information (FOI) digging into the health statistics.

    only 53% of presentations were being treated in the time required according to triage categories.
    The problem is most acute for category 3 and category 4 patients who should be seen within 30 minutes and 60 minutes respectively. Even for urgent cases, nearly a third are not being seen within the required ten minutes.

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Bonejac 11:14 pm 22 Jul 08

@Gun Street Girl, your correct of course, governmental reliance upon health workers to turn up to work day in day out no matter how bad the working conditions are, is a big factor in why hospitals and the health care professions in general are so badly supported.
It is because workers in this area believe in what they are doing and that the community deserves the best possible care (which it does), that they sacrifice their own well being in attempt to match the expectations placed upon them by the greater community, even though it is detrimental to themselves and their families.
It seems to me over the past few years we have witnessed a gradual erosion of the pay and conditions so bitterley fought for by nurses and allied health professionals throughout the 1970/80s’.
Increasing workloads and responsibility, for no renumeration or recognition leads to the decreasing morale and exodus of trained and experienced staff. Point a) sees various world governments offering better pay and relocation allowances to a variety of health professions, where as point b) goes un recognised/supported.
Importing staff from overseas is only a stop gap measure attempting to fill the void created by greater systemic problems, such as the health care as a business model.
Health care like education can not be run as a business, as in its outcomes are difficult, if not impossible to quantify. Attempt to do so end up in a inadequate health care system very similar to the USA where treatment is dependent upon an individuals ability to afford private health coverage.

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