James Thompson explores the latest data on delayed transfers of care in the NHS and in social care. Focusing on the numbers and survey results from The King's Fund's tenth quarterly monitoring report, he explains why we once again find delayed transfers under the spotlight.
Please put them to use showing us measures of demand, the prime movers in healthcare. I see handwringing about % of patients waiting over 4 hours - but I don't see the movement in demand which is driving them.
In Camden in inner London, a routine GP appointment has a waiting time of 2 weeks, if the surgery do not arbitrarily cancel it that is. Protestations that in 2 weeks you will be either better or dead have no effect.
There is effectively NO GP care at all, the NHS is a shambles run solely for the benefit of the staff, and has been for a long time.
Within the last month I have had 3 appointments with specialists cancelled indefinitely - one didn't even notify me beforehand. I have just booked an appointment to see my GP and the earliest I can get is one week from now.
Provision of healthcare is in tatters within my hospital trust - Mid Yorkshire,