Tas doctors want surgery waiting lists slashed by 95% as they seek ways to save £2bn a year
The plans, seen by the Sunday Telegraph, include scrapping waiting lists, opening up the NHS to voluntary patient recruitment to allow more patients to benefit from services and allowing doctors to prescribe a drug without a doctor’s prescription as a first line treatment.
And the Government has promised to ensure that those in need of a liver transplant could simply be referred to a liver-injection centre – something currently blocked by law in the UK.
Hospitals including Stoke and Exeter have already put in place voluntary donor selection and patient-centred treatment, and more will be launched in the months ahead as a result of an urgent review of the NHS that will include a review of patient rights at hospitals.
Dr David O’Connell, chairman of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the main public health expert on the subject of the waiting list, said: “For every five treatments approved at a clinic (that is an NHS hospital), two are lost, and each costs $10,000. This means a total of almost $10bn a year in extra patient care costs because people have to be referred to specialist treatment centres before they can receive treatments.
“We’ve had years of frustration, frustration with the patients we treat and the problems with our procedures.
“We need the Government to do something about it quickly.
“I think it’s possible we may see this cut by 95 per cent as we seek to bring this back into balance. I don’t want to put pressure on doctors but there will have to be a change in the way we treat people – we must find ways of reaching new patients without delays.
“When it comes to patients having to make the difficult decisions of whether to come into a hospital to get a liver, or to a specialist surgery because they didn’t get the treatment that they were told they needed, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP)바카라 and other groups are urging the Government to adopt a voluntary donor system where patients can take the decision they think is best for them.
“I think if this is adopted it will bring this long-standing problem of waiting lists into a more rational light. The majority of people on these waiting lists won’t come in because they aren’t good candidates for transplan