The NHS has now been split up into 42 Integrated Care Systems (ICS) based on the American healthcare system of 'denial of care' in order to maximise profit. Set up first by Kaiser Permanante in the USA they have also influenced and designed the The NHS Long Term Plan and the Health and Care Bill.
The Kaiser 'denial of care' model was preferred by the previous Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who in an unguarded moment, admitted to a Parliamentary Select Committee that the intended changes to the NHS, was based on the Kaiser Permanante model; giving them the thumbs up to be involved in the development of the The NHS Long Term Plan published in 2018.
Now three years later, having ended the NHS and replaced it with 42 autonomous ICS; the principle of denial of care is now being implemented by the Northern Care Alliance ICS as they have instructed all three hospitals in the Greater Manchester area to refuse care to those attending A&E not living within the catchment area of the hospital!
The hospitals concerned are in Bury, Rochdale, Oldham and Salford with some other hospitals they run in Cheshire and Merseyside ICS presumably also being instructed accordingly.
The newspaper's on-line version highlights the plight of the woman turned away from the A&E departments and told they cannot treat her, referring her to a second hospital which then in turn refused to treat her!
The news item continued:
"The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group has introduced the directive as part of a ‘reconfiguration of services across Greater Manchester’, saying that patients will be sent to the 'most appropriate place for their needs', 'closest to their home', in the 'quickest time possible'."
Reluctantly admitting the 'protocol' is in place, their response was to then say the opposite:
"However, anyone needing care for emergency and life-threatening conditions can still go to their nearest A&E department for treatment, hospital chiefs have stressed."
The report continues:
"The instructions come as a 64-year-old woman from Norden in Rochdale suffered with severe burns after accidentally tipping scalding water on herself while on holiday in Northumberland.
The woman - a former nurse of more than 30 years - was unable to treat the burns alone, and she returned home with her husband, immediately attending Rochdale Infirmary's Urgent Care Centre.
Noting that there would be a 'five-and-a-half hour wait' for urgent care, a staff member sent the patient to Fairfield General's Accident and Emergency Department in Bury, she says.
“I was having trouble with my sinuses and I was steaming them," the 64-year-old, who wishes not to be named, told the Manchester Evening News.
With it being a different set up, not in my own house, I caught the edge of the bowl as I sat down and it went down the front of me."
Further details of the denial of treatment can be read in the article from Manchester Evening News website by clicking on the pic above.