Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 7, 2018

Doors Closed At Virgin NHS Walk-In Centre

Rosie Cooper MP  “I am shocked that my local hospital, Southport and Ormskirk, has unused bed and theatre capacity despite the huge winter crisis and the pressures on the NHS locally. In that same trust last night, the Virgin-run walk-in centre had a computer glitch and told people, “Either go to A&E or come back tomorrow.” Has the Department made any assessment of the number of beds and theatre hours that could have been sourced to relieve winter pressures and save lives?”

Stephen Barclay Health Minister of State “The hon. Lady highlights an important point about the variance in performance between trusts and how we look at some of the lessons from, for example, Lord Carter’s work on efficiency, rotas and how to maximise the value of funding. I am happy to consider her specific point, but she is right that how we manage the patient pathway, in particular the 43% of hospital beds occupied by 5% of patients, is a key challenge”.

Virgin claims “West Lancashire Urgent Care Centre at Ormskirk Hospital is open every day of the year including public holidays, for people needing urgent help with minor illnesses or injuries. No appointment necessary” unless you want private care instead ?

The Lord Carter review mentioned found unwarranted variation in running costs, sickness absence, infection rates and prices paid for supplies and services. If addressed, NHS could save £5bn. Recent news reported that the owner of the high street chemist Boots charged the NHS as much as £1,500 for single pots of moisturiser that others have sold for less than £2.

Boots sent a £1,579 bill to the health service for one 500ml tub of a specially made cream for patients with skin problems in 2016, according to payment records seen by The Times. It had bought the medicine from BCM Specials — a supplier that was owned at the time by Boots’s parent company, Walgreens Boots Alliance. The same quantity of the same mixture of creams is prescribed regularly around the country for as little as £1.73. The case is among thousands where the NHS appears to have been overcharged for drugs called specials.

That’s not special, that’s ripoff!


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