But they still can't find the dosh for weekend cover.
This is the End of Life Baseline Report -
End of life care is a key priority of the North West regional QIPP workstream for
Demand and Threshold Management and the North West SHA in recognition that improving QIPP across the end of life care pathway will significantly support overall delivery against the £20 billion QIPP challenge by 2014/15.
The North West vision is for people to be supported to die well in the place of their choice; with a broad aim to reduce avoidable hospital admissions for patients at the end of life and to expedite discharge for end of life care patients who are admitted to hospital for emergency care.
Our population is getting older and sicker. Currently there are around 1.5 million people with long term conditions living in the North West; it is estimated this figure will be 3 million by 2030. In tandem with this, population statistics estimate that the people over the age of 65 will increase by 252% by 2050; described by Sir John Oldham as “a Tsunami of need”.
There is a 'vision' to support people to die. There is no vision to support people to live. And you can say there is no programme to limit life...?
The Baseline Report was published in 2011. The projections are not marrying up. There are 'excess deaths'. There are 'missing' 90 year-olds...
This is Mail Online in September 2013 -
A grieving daughter has accused the NHS of running a Monday to Friday service, blaming the death of her sport-loving father on Britain’s ‘healthcare lottery’.
Christopher Leggatt, 65, died as he was being transferred between hospitals as there were no surgeons available at the first because it was a weekend.
The father-of-four collapsed with a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm as he refereed a football match - and had a 70 per cent chance of surviving a routine operation on it.
But he suffered a heart attack in the ambulance taking him from Bradford Royal Infirmary to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Paramedics managed to revive him but his heart stopped again before he could be operated on.
His death was recorded at 6.15pm - two hours after he first arrived at Bradford Royal Infirmary.
An inquest was triggered when his daughter Andrea, 43, lodged a formal complaint.
After the case she said: ‘I don’t want my father to be another statistic.
‘I hope what has happened highlights the fact that the NHS as it stands is a Monday to Friday service.
‘If my father had collapsed on a weekday then the outcome would have been very different.
‘If he had been operated on straight away he would have most likely survived the operation but there were no surgeons working at the hospital in Bradford that weekend.
‘He was taken to Bradford because it was the nearest hospital but they didn’t have the means to treat him.
Andrea, a company director, said despite sending a letter of complaint to the hospital, she has never received a response.
She said: ‘At the inquest I learnt that if there had been someone there to operate, there was a 70 per cent chance he would have lived.
‘The operation is really simple and only takes around 40 minutes but it was the delay which killed him.
‘To treat a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm it is like mending a pipe and the vast majority of people make a full recovery from it.’
The inquest in Bradford last week heard that Mr Leggatt, a ‘well and active man’ from Pool-in-Wharfedale, West Yorkshire, had been diagnosed within 20 minutes of arriving at Bradford Royal Infirmary.
Paul Needham, a surgical registrar with the Bradford Teaching Hospitals Trust at the time, said the transfer represented his best chance.
He said: ‘Our vascular surgical cover that day was provided by Huddersfield. ‘Our view was that a blue-light ambulance transfer would be more rapid than having a surgeon driving across [to Bradford].”
Consultant vascular surgeon at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, Anver Mahomed, told the inquest that the two hospitals took turns to provide acute care cover as part of a formal network arrangement.
This is The Portsmouth News in November 2009 -