Gipsies and travellers should be given priority in NHS hospitals and GP surgeries, doctors have been told.Are they insane? This couldn’t be worse timing…
They will be fast-tracked for doctors, nurses and even some dentist appointments above all other patients.
GPs have also been told to see any travellers who simply walk in without an appointment, even if all consultation times for the day are full.It gets even
They will also be given longer consultations than other patients. Five or ten minutes is the average but travellers will be given 20 minutes and allowed to bring relatives into the consulting rooms.And don’t think it’s just the patients who will have to put up with this.
They have plans for the staff too:
Staff will be given 'mandatory cultural awareness' training so they can fully understand what it is like to be a traveller or gipsy.Oh, ffs…!
The guidelines have been introduced because, under race laws, gipsies and travellers are defined as minority ethnic groups and the NHS is obliged to consider their special needs and circumstances.So, will common sense prevail, and these guidelines therefore be scrapped?
Yet no special treatment is promised for other groups such as those from the Asian sub-continent or Africa.
Or will this be an excuse for those aforementioned groups to start saying ‘Hey! Us too!’?
Tory health spokesman Andrew Lansley said: 'No one should get priority treatment in the NHS apart from our Armed Forces, to whom we owe a special debt of gratitude.Well said. No ‘Ah, but…’ from Call-Me-Dave’s mob here. Makes a nice change…
'Decisions about who should be treated first should be based on a patient's medical needs, not their ethnic group.
'NHS managers need to get off doctors' and nurses' backs and start letting them get on with what they do best - looking after sick people.
'Such a policy of fast-tracking one section of society over another goes against the founding principles of the NHS’.
Traveller spokesman Gratton Puxon, from the illegal camp at Crays Hill in Essex, welcomed the initiative.I bet, in true NHS fashion, they urge their customers to abstain from alcohol, cigarettes, bareknuckle figting and dangerous sports like buggy-riding on motorways.
He said: 'The problem stems from years ago when there was simply no access to healthcare, but things have greatly improved. Health workers visit the site quite regularly if people have chronic problems.'
The Department of Health said: 'We are aware that gipsies and travellers have experienced tremendous difficulties in accessing primary care.Hmm, could that be lifestyle related?
'Partly as a result, community members experience the worst health inequalities of any disadvantaged group.
'The framework suggests fast-tracking for two reasons. First, as a matter of urgency, inroads need to be made into the health problems of gipsies and travellers.How is it not to the detriment of the ‘settled community’ if these people are to be given priority treatment under the NHS…?
'Second, if mobile community members are not seen quickly, the opportunity could be lost as they move on or are moved on. This should not be to the detriment of service provision to the settled community.'
I’m really beginning to wonder if there isn’t some agenda driving this.
Perhaps, as Leg-Iron has often suggested, they truly do want ‘a summer of discontent’?