You know things are bad when NHS Doctors have to break their silence and speak out publicly about the systematic underfunding of the NHS due to the Tories. However, this was the case for one such doctor. Dr. Rob Galloway is an A&E consultant from Brighton, he recently gained national attention over a Facebook post he wrote. The post was an open letter to the journalistic community pleading for assistance in letting the public know the real truth about the looming crisis plaguing the NHS. Galloway also urged the journalists to don’t believe politicians and their “peddle propaganda.” The Facebook post went viral and garnered over 10,000 shares in under a 24hr time period. Many people who read the Doctor’s post echoed his sentiments. The post shows how many people in Britain don’t agree with the Government’s version of the state of the NHS.
Below is an excerpt from the viral post made by Dr. Galloway:
“Dear Journalists, as an A&E consultant I am writing to ask for your help. Up and down the country our A&E departments are in meltdown, our staff are at breaking point. Patients are being left in corridors because there are no ward beds for them to go to, staff are leaving shifts demoralized and exhausted and most importantly our patients are not getting the care they deserve. We need the public to know about this, not to scaremonger, but for the truth to be out there as the only way to get politicians to change â€“ is by voters knowing the reality and prioritizing the NHS at the ballot box. But without the public understanding what is going on, we will continue to have this crisis year after year after year. This is where we need your help. We need you to report the reality and not peddle the propaganda from our politicians. The crisis is much worse than what you report. We all talk about the 4-hour target and that we get around 90%. But that includes all the patients who don’t need admission. But for the ones who need admission, the % who get admitted within 4 hours is so so so much lower than that. And for those patients, it is crucial for their well being, that they get admitted within four hours. Why are you not asking for these figures? That would help reveal the truth. Then you report 12-hour breaches. But in England (but not the rest of the UK) the clock starts ticking when a specialist senior has seen them. So they can be in A&E for 18 hours and not be a 12-hour breach. Why are you not asking for the figures of patients who stay in A&E for more than 12 hours? That would help reveal the truth. And what about asking how many patients are spending time in corridors? Because if you did reveal these figures you would soon see the real extent of the crisis. And it is a crisis. One which will lead to a breaking point soon unless something changes. The fault does not lie with the patients. Yes, a few inappropriately attend but they are not the problem; they can be quickly turned around and discharged. The fault is not with the staff. They are working tirelessly and doing an amazing job despite the conditions they are working in.The fault does not lie with managers and hospital executives. They are working relentlessly to make things work as well as they can. And despite what the government peddle it certainly is not the fault of the GPs. Although there are falling numbers of GP surgeries, they are doing an amazing job at reducing the number of A&E attendances. Most importantly, the fault does not lie with the system of the NHS a model of care which utilities its resources to maximal effect. The fault lies with the government. Years of failed austerity depriving NHS and councils of vital monies and investment is taking its toll. A&Es are struggling because of the frail elderly who need a ward bed but can’t get one. They can’t get one because there are not enough beds within our hospitals (we have one of the smallest numbers of bed per capita in the whole of Europe) and because those that need to get out of hospital can’t because of a lack of social care. In addition, some money which has been spent on the NHS had been wasted on pointless reorganizations designed to start the process of NHS privatization. Please start reporting that. Please start reporting the truth. Please start reporting how close we are to meltdown and please help get the public worked up about what is going on. Because sadly our government don’t seem that bothered. They and their friends can afford private healthcare and therefore don’t rely on it. Even worse many would be happy to see our NHS privatized. But for everyone else we need the NHS. The staff will battle on (and it is a battle at the moment). We will continue to do everything we can. We will continue to adapt, modernize and reform. We will continue to provide the most amazing possible care despite the conditions. But there is only so much our staff can take. And if we lose our staff we lose the NHS. Journalists -we need your help. Please help. And if you are not a journalist reading this, please share (publicly), or tweet it or send onto your friends in the hope that journalists will pick this up and start reporting the truth.” ~Rob Galloway A&E Consultant @drrobgalloway.
So is Hunte lying to the British people about the state of the NHS?
Unfortunately, the NHS is grossly underfunded according to Galloway but Tory Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt seems to be painting a totally different picture. So is Health Secretary Hunt lying to the British people? It would appear Dr. Galloway isn’t the only person to publically accuse Hunte of bold-faced lying to the British people. In November mirror.co.uk posted a report where actor Ralf Little from “Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps” called the Health Secretary a liar. Allegation stemmed from a comment made by Hunte on National television. In the interview, Hunte claimed that he was in charge of Europe’s “biggest expansion of mental health provision” with thousands of new jobs and spaces for patients.
Little quickly took to Twitter to rebuke the statement tweeting, “‘”This is what it looks like when a man goes on TV and knowingly lies to the public. If I’mwrong @jeremy_hunt, sue me. I double dare you.” This prompted The South West Surrey MP to respond with a lengthy tweet 10 days later claiming mental health trusts have hired 4,300 more people under his watch. Plus there were more than 1,400 people treated every day since 2010. After that, the “Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps” star replied with some fact checking of his own and accused Hunte of using the statistics that suited his narrative.
Little said, “‘So in actual fact, you are quoting a figure to state your position and measure your successes that NO ONE CAN CONFIRM. I don’t blame you – if no one kept a record of Oscar winners I’d be telling everyone I’ve got four.” LOL, that’s a good one Ralph Little!!
After some serious research, I now firmly believe Dr. Galloway and Little that politicians are lying about the true state of Healthcare in this country. It would also appear that something needs to be done before the situation gets a lot worst. Also, the journalists that haven’t sold-out to the Tory party should do their jobs and report the real problems haunting the halls of the NHS. So far, two prominent individuals in society called Hunte a liar. Now it’s up to you to decide who you believe, a doctor and actor or a sleazy politician?
So what do you think?
Is Jeremy Hunte lying? And should journalists be called out as well for “peddling propaganda” to the British public? Tell us in the comments…