“While we’re having this conversation, I can guarantee you there’s someone on the floor waiting for an ambulance to arrive,” Dr Adrian Boyle, incoming president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said as he opened The Independent the debate is in full swing now NHS crisis.
Dr. Boyle warns, “24 Hours in EMS is no longer a documentary, it’s a way of life.”
Chaired by Health Correspondent Rebecca ThomasWednesday night’s panel also included Sarah Tilsed, head of patient partnerships at the Patients’ Association, Dr Leila McKay, director of policy at the NHS Confederation and Samuel Lovettsenior correspondent Nov The Independent.
The session not only explored the crisis in emergency care, but also touched upon GP services, mental health and social care.
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The virtual evententitled ‘Tipping point: exposing the true scale of the NHS crisis’, discussed the root cause of the problems facing the health service, such as workforce shortages and the ongoing neglect of social care.
The panel debated whether patients were seeking private care. Also, the level of NHS funding, despite the increase, has been below inflation so no real benefit has yet been felt, but how can we ask the taxpayer to pay more for a service that isn’t working?
As reports mount of the NHS entering a summer crisis, solutions must be sought.
Amid the political turmoil facing the country, our panellists discussed all of these issues and what the NHS should see from its next government and health secretary.
Tipping point: Exposing the true scale of the NHS crisis
Watch the full event in the video above