We have all noticed delays when needing medical attention. A spot visit to Queen Alexandra Hospital has highlighted problems of delay in A&E.
When anyone suffers an illness or injury requiring medical treatment, they expect a level of treatment that suits the severity of their injury. When that treatment is delayed their condition may well worsen, sometimes to the point it becomes critical or even fatal.
In a cash strapped NHS savings sought with lower staff numbers can only serve to increase illness which for society is no real saving at all. in the worst cases, this also only serves to increase claims where failed treatment could have save significant loss for individuals and their families.
Health inspectors have condemned a "chaotic" hospital emergency department which they said was failing to keep patients safe.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found long queues of ambulances outside the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, while patients with serious symptoms waited hours to be assessed.It gave the hospital an overall rating of "inadequate".Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust's chief executive resigned in May.The Trust gave no reason for Ursula Ward's decision to stand down. CQC inspectors, who visited in February and March, said the emergency department was "chaotic" with an "unacceptable" risk to patients.At times, sixteen ambulances were stacking up outside the department, representing a third of the emergency ambulance fleet for Hampshire.Inspectors found on 11 occasions, there were no ambulances available to respond to 999 calls. Vulnerable patients including frail pensioners were left in ambulances for more than two hours.