NHS under mounting pressure – There has recently been a growing awareness that the NHS in the UK is under increasing pressure as winter strains on the service are proving to be the most acute for some years. In fact, according to recent media reports, more than four in 10 hospitals in England declared a major alert in the first week of 2017 as the National Health Service came under increasing pressure.
Nurses in A&E Departments and Acute Admissions Units across the United Kingdom are finding the rapidly increasing pressure on services and beds a chronic issue. Lengthy trolley waits in A&E are becoming far more common with many patients waiting in excess of 12 hours.
Several professionals working in Health and Social care have written to the Prime Minister asking for action by way of a cross party dialogue in order to resolve the crisis in funding.
Simply increasing levels of inexperienced staff is not the answer to the challenges of an ageing population. The real answer must lie in consulting with those staff at the heart of services on how to implement change and develop more joined-up thinking between care services.
The Red Cross went as far as saying that the NHS was facing a “humanitarian crisis”. In response, the Prime Minister said this was ‘irresponsible’ and ‘overblown’.
Despite the war of words, the unfortunate truth remains that we have an NHS under mounting pressure, and with pressures are mounting on staff, sometimes the best care simply cannot be achieved and mistakes are more likely to be made. If you have made a mistake at work under pressure and a complaint has been made then contact me. I can help.
My legal background
I have appeared before a wide variety of tribunals and courts including, the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health and Care Professions Council, General Dental Council and General Chiropractors Council, having defended large numbers of healthcare professionals before disciplinary and regulatory tribunals for issues. These issues have included; lack of competence, misconduct, negligence and issues of fitness to practice relating to conduct and competence and ill health.
During my professional practise, I have successfully represented all levels of clinicians. These have come from all areas of healthcare and include doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists, paramedics, physiotherapists, speech therapists, social workers and chiropractors.
I am able to advise on how to respond to complaints, misconduct and impairment issues, registration, fitness to practice, interim hearings, restoration to the Register, preparation for hearings and bundle preparation, preparation for mitigation, and appeals and I can represent you all stages of the disciplinary and regulatory process and can appear before all tribunals and courts.
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