Too many chiefs -that’s the problem

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AFTER an injury my mother had to spend the weekend in A&E which prompted me to respond to the article in the Herald.

Darren Grayson has to find £30 million – at whose expense?

Not those like him, the upper management who spend their days in carpeted offices taking home exorbitant salaries; but people like my mother.

At 90 she is registered disabled and partially sighted, her husband (my dad) died last year after they had been together for over 70 years, but she keeps smiling and doesn’t get despondent.

She fell in her flat and sustained a bad laceration to her leg. She called lifeline and paramedics arrived within minutes. Her initial treatment was good, having had her leg dressed and being given some breakfast.

But she then had to wait a considerable time before being seen by a doctor. The doctor, Syed, could not have been any kinder and nicer to my mum; but due to a shortage of nursing staff he was the sole person who cared for her.

The laceration on her leg was very deep and needed to be sutured and steristriped, all of which he undertook.

Her blood pressure dropped dramatically at one stage and, again, he was left to monitor this and put up a drip.

Not only did he undertake all the clinical care he was the only person to offer a sandwich and a cup of tea.

On discharge I took my mother home via a chemist to get a prescription filled as the hospital pharmacy was ‘closed’.

I then had to return to A&E as they had not given my mother her medication on leaving and I had to virtually fight for her to be given the antibiotics she had been prescribed and “forgotten” on the first prescription.

The district nurse came to see her at home to dress the wound, expecting to find my mother had been sent home with dressings; fortunately she did have some and was able to provide a prescription for me to get a further supply.

So, Mr Grayson, you need to save £30 million – why not get rid of a few more nurses, cut out all medication for patients and set up a shop so patients can buy their own dressings and bandages?

Is the NHS only about money? If it wasn’t for the patients there would be no NHS. No doctors, no nurses and no highly paid non-clinical staff. The patients pay your salary, perhaps you need to remember that Mr Grayson?

Mr Grayson obviously has no first-hand knowledge of patient care in the DGH and never would; as if he or any of his family were unfortunately admitted to hospital they would be fawned over like royalty.

The financial solution lies in “too many chiefs and not enough Indians”.

Mrs J SANSOM

Wannock Lane, Eastbourne