The North Kirklees CCG Governing Body heard on 30 August 2017, that the CCG’s conversation with Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) had given them assurance that there was enough capacity, that is as many ambulances, drivers and paramedics as was needed, to make extra journeys necessary due to the withdrawal of acute medicine services from DDH, possible. The Governing Body did not hear that YAS had given the CCG written assurance! Nor did the campaign group have much confidence in anyone’s assurances, when a member of the group said a person they knew had been discharged from the A&E at DDH with a broken hip, due to the refusal to do an x-ray of it, on the very day of the CCG Governing Body meeting and the following day when an ambulance was called, they had to wait over 2 and a half hours for it to arrive. Of course they were taken to Pinderfields because as the ambulance staff said, “We will be severely restricted as to who we can take to Dewsbury Hospital from next week.”
Possibly that person in the Pinderfields bed, did not see the representative from the North Kirklees CCG on BBC Look North, explaining how the service was ‘improved’ at Dewsbury today (1st September)!
Other people have had great service at Dewsbury A&E, in and out with a broken wrist, x-rayed, plastered and discharged within an hour, for example and the nurses and doctors friendly and helpful.
This downgrade, is a systemic problem brought about by 7 years of deliberate underfunding, lack of workforce planning , fragmentation, under investment in every area of doctor and nurse education and training, public denigration of dedicated doctors and nurses and all to dismantle the NHS as a whole.
What is happening in Nottingham is a scandal and disgrace.
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