Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Health Matters - APR 12 2016

Four Issues in Tonight’s DriveTime

1. Hospitals in West Herts
From the St Albans Studio we have three acute hospitals
   * Watford   * The L&D   * The Lister
They are in that sequence in terms of distance; but, given traffic, on the basis of travelling time you could probably reverse the sequence!

There are a number of options for how we should move forward; for details go to
And to have your say go to

2. One You

An excellent initiative from the NHS – focus on your wellbeing and avoid becoming ill! Go to the One You Web Site - https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou#TyXAVgzMrMGEEv6U.97 and take the Quiz!

You’ll find that there are lots of Ideas and Help (well-being is far more than just eating well and exercising!). The really innovative part is that you get a Virtual Personal Trainer that will show you where to focus and what to do. It’s a really good and engaging interactive approach.

3. Surgeries – Extended Hours

Government has made a commitment on extended hours for Surgeries; they should be open 8:00 – 8:00; 7 days a week. But it’s going to cause real problems. First of all, the Supply Issue - Is there the capacity in the system given the current shortage of primary care doctors; and do the current surgeries have the infrastructure to support extended working?

Then secondly, there’s the Demand Issue – do we actually need it? Will we just use weekends for an urgent issue or will we use them for planned interventions as well? Finally, it could go the same way as Shopping! So many people were against Sunday opening but now it’s one of the busiest days of the week!

4. Doctors’ Dispute

There have been four strikes since January; latest were on APR 6 and 8; in that time almost 25,000 operations have been cancelled. Just imagine the impact on those 25,000 patients! And next, there will be an All-out strike (including emergency) on APR 26 and 27. I’m sure all DriveTimers have the same view - Please get it resolved!!!!!

Alan Bellinger
12th April 2016

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