Accident and Emergency waits – the highest for a decade.

It’s interesting to read peoples’ comments on the breaking story about the number of people waiting more than 4 hours in A&E which has risen by 21% compared with the same period one year ago.

Politicians say that more efficiency is needed while doctors say more money. Yet the people say more definition around what constitutes an emergency. Does an ear infection; cold or even a whitlow on a finger constitute an emergency (real examples used on readers’ responses BBCNews)?

It might be that a visit to A&E is more preferable to booking an appointment with the GP which carries the risk of not being able to get an appointment at a convenient time – after all not everyone gets paid for time off or for sick days. If this is happening on a regular basis then no wonder A&E departments are swamped.

Have your say – do you think more money is needed? Is the problem with GP surgery hours? Or does the general population have a complete disregard for “free” services?

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