We will feel the impact of nurse strikes… but NHS bosses assure that patients won’t be denied surgery at any last-minute.
- Amanda Pritchard, chief of the NHS, could not confirm when patients would receive notification about the changes.
- Services that are critical to seriously ill patients might be cut back or discontinued.
- A walkout could lead to delayed urgent treatment, chemotherapy or kidney dialysis.
- The Royal College of Nursing intends to strike on December 15-20,
Although procedures won’t be cancelled due to nurses’ strikes at the last moment, patients will still receive care. However, the head for the NHS has warned that this may have to happen.
Amanda Pritchard (chief executive of NHS England) told MPs that she couldn’t confirm how far ahead patients would be informed about any changes to their treatment.
She addressed the public accounts committee and said that she would make every effort to inform them “sooner than later”.
Mike Prentice, NHS England’s national director for emergency planning and incident response sent yesterday a letter to hospitals, care providers and health professionals warning them that walkouts could cause delays in urgent surgery, chemotherapy or kidney dialysis.
The Royal College of Nursing has declared that it will strike at some hospitals on the 15th and 20th of December, but it is still not clear what locations or services will be affected.
The letter warns that time-critical services for severely ill patients could be cut back or even stopped.
Pritchard acknowledged to MPs she didn’t expect the NHS to meet a major cancer target by March. She According to the report, a surge of patients requesting cancer screenings meant that it was impossible to guarantee that more than 62 people would be able to begin treatment after an urgent referral. This would bring back pre-pandemic levels.
Mrs Pritchard stated that they are ‘off target and off track’
A record 7.1 Million people in England are currently on the NHS waiting list to receive a diagnosis, treatment, or operation.
Sir James Mackey, the national director of elective recuperation at NHS England, stated to the committee that remote consultations with other doctors would be more common in an effort to reduce long wait times.
This means that they may receive treatment or a diagnosis sooner than if they wait to be seen at their local hospitals, which may have higher demand.
Steve Barclay, the Health Secretary, stated that Government They needed to do more to fulfill their’vested interest’ in order to reduce wait lists. He Patients will have more choices about where to have operations. Private hospitals will be more accessible.
Barclay encouraged hospitals to take greater risks and use artificial intelligence more often in order to cope with staff shortages. To aid in diagnosis, computers may be used to evaluate X-rays as well as CT and MRI scans.
He “It may have some risk, but it should be weighed against the risk of maintaining the status quo which may cause long delays due to staff shortages.” Barclay also demanded greater transparency in excess death statistics, as he pointed out an increase of heart-related problems among middle-aged people.
Amanda Pritchard is the chief executive officer of NHS England (pictured). She told MPs that it was not possible to confirm when patients would be notified of any changes to their treatment.
He According to him, it’s because they are unable to see their GP due the pandemic or in some cases, not getting statins and hypertensives on time. This, coupled with delays for ambulance times, is what causes the high death rate.
“In the future, we may face a similar challenge with cancer data.”
According to the Office for National Statistics, there have been 8 percent more deaths from any cause in England and Wales than the 2015 to 2019.
The Royal College of Nursing has declared that they will strike at hospitals on December 15th and 20th, but it is still not clear what locations or services will be affected.
Barclay stated that his door was open for talks with health unions to prevent strike action. However, he warned that strikes could have a detrimental effect on patients.
The news comes amid reports that Armed Forces personnel could drive Ambulances and fill in for frontline roles at hospitals during NHS strikes.