Posted: Friday, 31 March 2006
You seem to be talking utter rubbish. Neither a Nurse nor a Doctor would put his or her job on the line. Iam sure that the Health Department would stamp on this at very short notice. If you really are concerned about the situation then write to the Minister of Health rather than air your views in the belief that people reading this will think you are an authority on the matter. Hospital Managers have a duty to the public to make sure that the bed state is in such that they can provide a service to the public and thus there must be a number of empty beds for emergencies. Believe me that the Managers would risk their jobs if they regularly discharge patients who are not fit to be discharged "medically" In the eyes of a layman it may appear that the patient is not fit, but indeed they may be fit. It has been proven that patients recover far better at home than in a hospital environment.
an ex islander from cornwall
Ex-islander, I could say a lot in reply. I'll be brief. The scenario I have described has led to the consultants' group objecting to the practice. Next steps will be disciplinary action if it continues. There is pressure on beds nationwide, but there are limits to what can be done to alleviate that. If you followed the state of affairs in NHS Western Isles from 1 mile away (like myself) rather than 700, you would see it's not as good as it's made out to be. Writing to the Health Minister? Read back my previous posts on the issue, and you'll get my opinion of the Minister. If you think that's going too far, double check on the whole story - all open for reading on the BBC News Scotland site.
Arnish Lighthouse from Stornoway
There's no cage-blocking at Northvet. Treatment to each cat according to owners' means. Didn't you humans used to have a similar system pre 1948? Ah yes, the good Old Days............
Flying Cat from Orkney Mainland
i would like to agree with arnish lighthouse on the NHS Western Isles Issue. Ex-Islander from Cornwall is mis informed. He should as you say read previous posts and the well publicised concerns of the employees before making cack handed comments. we are living with this grim reality unlike him. The situation with early discharge is indeed a reality and pressure has been applied to staff. I would like to appluade Arnish lighthouse for his fair reporting on this issue. my only regret is that the health department are unable to see that this island is being short changed by the Health Board. thank you arnish lighthouse for saying it as it is and for writing with the courage of your conviction. Its a pity that the scottish executive don't have your ability to see what is quite obvious to the general public.
islander from stornoway
I agree with you Arnish. I wish ex islander were right, however it seems managers push others to make ill thought out decisions without them having to take responsibilty. This is a national phenomenon. As a junior Dr working in rural north England I have experienced being shouted at by a manager in front of 24 patients and several nursing collegues after our waiting times had exceeded the government target during my night shift (thus losing the hospital money). This humiliating episode occurred whilst none of my senior collegues were present. I have also had verbal thumbscrews applied when little old ladies are not leaving hospital as quickly as management need the beds. I have been in practice for 5 years and the situation is much worse now. By the way - looks lovely up there, I might visit this summer!
happy doc from lake district