Re: Many people receive suboptimal care. Addendum to my response of 21 May.
I had to see and experience a "Minor injury and out of hours GP" clinic. Serves a large city and some small towns and villages nearby. A Sunday morning.
There were a dozen children, adults of various ages and dsabilities. An old gentleman had a disabled lady holding on to him.
The staff were courteous and busy.
I learnt that although pus was taken out for culture and sensitivity, the specimen would not be sent to the bacteriology laboratory till Monday.
Two points arise.
Does a large hospital serving the district not provide bacteriology services on weekends?
If it does not, does this not increase morbidity and mortality?
Why do the Commissioners not provide a service for the children, staffed by paediatric doctors and paediatric nurses?
I ask: do the local members of parliament conduct unannounced visits to the local health facilities? I mean general practices, clinics, hospitals?
If not, why not?
I ask: does the local director of public health visit such facilities, unannounced? Or, does he/she just look at at statistical print outs. Are the bipeds in his parish ever considered as people? Or, just numbers?
Competing interests: Elderly patient.