It has been reported that a major percentage of doctors turn to binge drinking, and on the same day another headline reported that a third of A and E doctors are requesting people pay £10 to use the service. ( 3 Jan daily Mail).This article suggested the problem therefore would be that genuine cases would be put off using the service, due to charges.
As the words accident and emergency literally mean what it says, the reference to genuine cases suggests people go to A and E for fun. But how many do? If A and E is used for other reasons than what it is supposed to, then therefore implication is that the NHS is not really fit for purpose.
For instance, many cases in suburban or rural areas have to travel long distances in the middle of the night more than once for treatment, and the travel costs can add up. In addition, they may not be allowed to stay overnight but are asked to return the next day. Thus adding to the financial and other costs. In many such cases A and E can be more of a burden or hindrance rather than a help, and tends to be avoided.
With the limited functions of out of hours treatment, this increases the functions of the A and E. The costs therefore escalate with out of hours such doctors being drafted in from abroad and used as out of hours staff and paid over and above the going rates for a something that is in their job description anyway.
Joyce Robbins co- director of patient concern seems to have missed the point of the hypocrisy and double standards of the staff, who seem to be spending much of their massive salaries on binge drinking sessions, then want to pick and choose for their own convenience the exact time when people might get sick, just so they don’t have to leave their session in the pub in order to tend to them. Despite getting paid above their worth, these greedy doctors seem to be begging for more:
She said: “I can understand how doctors who see drunks turning up at A&E every night might be in favour of charging. “But you’re never going to get any money out of those drunks, while there is a real risk that patients who need help will not bother because they can’t afford it.
Apart from that, they seem to want to pick and choose their patients and whether they treat them or not. Treating drunks on a Saturday night
may get tedious, not being the kind of patients they prefer, or ‘not the right sort’. Charging them £10 would not stop them from drinking. The medical staff are more interested in money than doing their jobs. Therefore, perhaps they would be more suited to banking.