Thursday, 31 May 2007

Choose and Book update

Apparently Dr Mark Davies, the lead clinician for Choose and Book wants to hear our views on it.

Well this is a true story:

An 84year old lady in Burnley needed to see a dermatologist. "Where would you like to go?" asked the GP."Well Burnley Hospital is just down the road, I'd like to go there please".

A few clicks on the computer, and the answer came back - no appointments available at Burnley, or anywhere else nearby. The nearest appointment was at Blackpool - fifty miles away and with no direct public transport connection.

And why were there no appointments at her local hospital? Well it was full with patients from Blackpool who couldn't be seen at their local hospital because it was full of people from Burnley.

Another triumph for Nu labour.

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