There are sooo many ways the NHS could be improved and I hope I can highlight some of them here.
All too often it seems as though those in charge of hospitals have had a total logic bypass.
I need to have an MRI scan before they can operate, to give the surgeon at least some idea of where the blockages are and how complex the op might be. Unfortunately, in the words of my doctor the MRI department are "being obstructive." Despite me being an in-patient, they don't consider me to be ill enough to schedule the test as urgent!!! By the time they do actually run the test, I'll have been in hospital for nearly 2 weeks! 12 days to be precise.
The only reason I'm in hospital at all, is because no GP in the world will prescribe strong opiates and anti-emetics in the doses required for someone like me. At home, if I'm lucky, the GP will allow me 1 or 2 doses a day but no more. The injection works for around four hours, so even with two a day, that leaves 16 hours when I'm in pain! 16 hours!! All I need at the moment is to be kept comfortable until it's all over.
So, for 12 days I will have sat in a hospital bed, wasting the space for someone who might need it all, just because the doctors can't get a test done! Every day I spend in hospital cost the taxpayer a fortune too - I've heard claims that it costs over £1000 per day to keep someone in hospital, which, if true means an unnecessary cost to the NHS of £12,000 before they've even started to treat me.
Meanwhile the MRI scanners sit empty during the night and at weekends. why on earth wouldn't the hospital implement a 24 hour shift plan allowing the scanners to run all day and all night? Out-patients could be dealt with during the day, leaving the evenings and weekends free for in-patients. Just think of the money they could save not to mention easing the frustration of patients stuck in hospital unnecessarily.
What on earth about that is too complicated for them to realise all by themselves?