In the UK there is always a lot of talk about the constant pressure on the National Health Service, and it’s currently even more of a hot topic than usual. Doctors specifically are under a lot of strain, and being forced to push back against the government over pay and other issues to do with their mounting workload. The British Medical Association was recently forced to speak out, saying they are looking at what they can do to stop care homes being left behind as more inevitable cuts are made.
The fear is that NHS doctors won’t be able to visit the 400 thousand care home residents in the country as often as they should, and there are concerns that this is already becoming the case. Specialists in medical care for older people in care have argued that it is necessary for NHS doctors to continue with routine visits to ensure that their patients are not discriminated against compared to others. With pressure on doctors building, it’s feared that only people who are physically able to travel to surgeries and attend appointments will be seen, and those who have to wait for help to come to them at their care home will be left without that important support.