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Health workers on the front line are under strain

by Sarah Ensor
Issue No. 2381

“A&Es were inundated last week with people with coughs, colds and painful throats who couldn’t get an appointment with a GP,” said Sally, a health worker in east London. 

The Tories are desperate to deflect blame for the state of the NHS away from the £10 billion in cuts they have already made. 

Sally works in urgent care at her hospital. She streams patients as they arrive into major injuries, minor injuries or to see a GP in the hospital. 

“Sometimes people misunderstand—there are three queues and they see other people go in before them. It’s a pressure cooker, they’re waiting for hours and there isn’t even anywhere to sit at some points. 

“Every shift I get shouted at. But it doesn’t happen when I’m treating people. Then they are just so relieved.” 

A GP agreed, “I have worked flat out from 8am to 6pm, slept for an hour and gone straight to the out of hours service. 

“It’s because of the closures and there just aren’t enough GPs.”

Sally said, “It’s a mess and we’re not coping. Now the government is threatening us with being charged with wilful neglect.”

Sally’s name has been changed

Fight mental health cuts

Some 250 health workers, trade unionists, service users and anti-cuts campaigners launched the campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk on Monday of this week.

A Don’t close mental health wards campaign meeting is also planned in Bolton. Saturday 7 December, 12 noon-1.30pm, Lancaster suite, Bolton town hall, Victoria Square, Bolton BL1 1RU

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Tue 26 Nov 2013, 17:39 GMT
Issue No. 2381
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