Mark Duman’s latest blog argues that many patients, when appropriately informed, educated and supported, can become a value to the system, and to wider society, and not just a cost. An asset and not just a deficit. Mark points out that in health care, we’re continuing to (unwittingly) make ourselves and our patients dependent on a system we increasingly can’t afford to fund. We keep providing the fish when we really need to start teaching people to fish themselves.
Click here to read Mark’s blog which raises the question, will we ever systematically let patients, carers and others in?
Last month, at what we now fervently hope was the height of the current pandemic, we looked at the impact of Covid-19 on hospital waiting lists. Now, as cases and admissions are thankfully on a downward trend, we can take another look at what the A&E activity figures tell us about changes in emergency care.