GP urges government to 'heal the NHS' after being forced to drive patient to A&E himself

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A local GP has pleaded for the government to wake up and do something to heal the NHS now.

Wilmslow Health Centre have posted a shocking video on social media with the warning - "distressing content. GPs now taking patients to A&E as ambulances not turning up. The system is broken and these very brave staff will no doubt be punished for speaking up. "Call us when the patient stops breathing" is the message they get."

The disturbing video was recorded whilst staff at Wilmslow Health Centre were stabilising a gentleman who had collapsed at the surgery.

They called an ambulance but after waiting for three hours for an ambulance, which should have been here within 30 minutes, they took the decision to take the patient themselves as he was clinically deteriorating and needed urgent medical care at the hospital.

Wilmslow Health Centre's Dr Amar Ahmed said "Here we are outside the A&E, we've just dropped this gentleman off. This is a gentleman whose condition was rapidly deteriorating. He should have been seen much earlier. The ambulance didn't arrive, it is not the ambulance people's fault, the system is broken.

"He waited three hours, he was deteriorating and we had to make that difficult decision to bring him in, to save him.

"We're filming this with with the permission of the patient just to highlight where we've got up to. We've done this a few times before.

"We've been calling ambulances, they don't turn up or they say 'call us when the patient's stopped breathing'. I kid you not and this is happening year after year after year and it's only deteriorating.

"And all we ask is, look the system is totally broken. Politicians of both sides need to wake up and do something about it as people are dying."

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Vince Chadwick
Wednesday 24th January 2024 at 7:43 pm
Well done Dr Amar Ahmed.

'....This is a gentleman whose condition was rapidly deteriorating. He should have been seen much earlier.'

"Call us when the patient stops breathing"

This where 14 years of Tory cuts on public spending have brought what used to be a first world country.

Did you vote for this?

Will you next time?
Roy West
Saturday 27th January 2024 at 11:53 am
Why is it that this Government is so focussed on stating that they are cutting taxes as a priority when everyone knows that more money is needed to fix the problems with the NHS, Social Care, Roads etc. What difference is a small reduction of Income Tax going to make to the average person when we all know of people waiting months for a hospital appointment.
Wake up MPs, talk to the general public, you need to get your priorities right!
Vince Chadwick
Tuesday 30th January 2024 at 4:58 pm
Roy,

The International Monetary Fund has today picked up on this, warning that with the current state of the NHS (and much else in UK) the last thing the UK Government should be doing is proposing tax cuts; the IMF stresses the need to boost key areas of public spending instead. It has today pencilled in slower UK growth than it forecast just three months ago, and even that was pretty glacial.

However, Jeremy Hunt appears to be hell-bent on introducing tax cuts in his budget, a policy of transparent attempted vote-buying by this burned-out, inept, and corrupt government in a desperate attempt to cling on to power despite the further hardship this will bring to those who can least afford it.... but who probably don't vote Tory.

Maybe those who continue to be Tory voters (as I used to be before the party moved hard right and became more BNP than Conservative) are a wealthy elite who don't use the NHS anyway? Or maybe they just haven't woken up to what they are voting for.

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