Letter to the Star from Cllr John Booker re: NHS and beds

There are many problems in the NHS, but a recurring theme is the so called issue of “bed blocking,”mainly geriatric patients,but not always, these are people who have had their operations or treatment and have been deemed fit to leave the wards by the medical professionals but cannot because of problems with organising after care in their own homes, care homes, nursing homes or with family and friends.

This issue blocks the whole system, causing operations to be cancelled and longer delays at A&E departments.

I propose a possible solution, “Halfway Hotels”, purpose built convalescent accommodation in the grounds of the Northern General Hospital and any other hospital where possible.

These buildings could be basic, to save costs, but clean and modern, allowing former patients time to get their personal arrangements in order while not occupying precocious hospital beds.

Friends and family could visit and if any complications do occur due to previous treatment, then they are still in the grounds of the hospital.

How to pay for it, this government so far as overseen a package of Quantitative Easing, “printing money” of £435bn all heading into the financial markets,

I suggest a detour into the NHS.

The £13bn Foreign Aid Budget could at least in part be directed towards the NHS to help in these unprecedented difficult times.

The Inland Revenue has just seen a surprise tax income boost of over £2bn and levels of Corporation tax payed to the Treasury has also increased.

The money is there, we either deal with the NHS in a positive way or a negative way, the latter option does not bare thinking about.

Without a Halfway Hotel, I fear we could be set for a Heartbreak Hospital.

 

Councillor John Booker Sheffield City Council.

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