Monday, January 3, 2011

Devolved "Health": The 2011 Remix

Merseyside hospital says it will no longer accept north Wales patients for heart and chest complaints, unless it is medically urgent.

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital officials said it is because of a shortfall in funding from Wales.

The hospital staff said they are in "almost daily" talks with the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board over the issue.

The board said it is working closely with the hospital on the matter.

But officials at the hospital have stressed that the number of Welsh patients who have had surgery this year has far exceeded the financial contract agreed with the Betsi Cadwaladr board.
Of course, a Welsh Assembly being in control of its own health service (ie not being able to help out their own countrymen when they really need it) is what is actually important in this case.

"A *National* Health Service to be proud of" my arse.


Wildgoose said...

Seeing as services are provided to Welsh patients that are simultaneously denied to English patients in the exact same Ward with the exact same Doctor then the very least they could do is pay their bills!

O'Neill said...

...or complain a bit more vigorously about the inequities that devolution has caused them!