England’s new health and social care secretary takes office at a time of greater crisis in the NHS than faced by her predecessors and with an overflowing in-tray, as Jacqui Wise reportsEngland’s fifth health and social care secretary in five years faces an unenviable task, with a record 6.84 million people on hospital waiting lists at the end of July1 and chronic staff shortages that stand at around 132 000 in NHS trusts and 165 000 in adult social care. On top of this, distressing stories of people waiting hours, or even days, for ambulances regularly hit the headlines. And it’s not even winter yet, with another covid wave, a bad flu season, and even doctors strikes all possible in the coming months.“The context for the new health secretary is grim,” Hugh Alderwick, director of policy at the Health Foundation, told The BMJ . “Health and care services in England are under extraordinary strain, and more people are struggling to get the care they need. The cost-of-living crisis will put even more pressure on people and public services over winter.
”Coffey, appointed by the UK’s new prime minister, Liz Truss, to the dual role of health secretary and deputy prime minister, has become the third person to hold the health and social care post in as many months.
She takes over from Steve Barclay,2 who had only two months in the job.Coffey is said to have a tireless work ethic and claims that her attention to detail in her previous role as work and pensions secretary was why she had been rewarded with the demanding health job. Nadine Dorries, the former culture …
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Hard worker or party animal?
Coffey, appointed by the UK’s new prime minister, Liz Truss, to the dual role of health secretary and deputy prime minister, has become the third person to hold the health and social care post in as many months. She takes over from Steve Barclay,2 who had only two months in the job.
Coffey is said to have a tireless work ethic and claims that her attention to detail in her previous role as work and pensions secretary was why she had been rewarded with the demanding health job. Nadine Dorries, the former culture …’
Well, I wonder if she is either, for what I see from her previous position Work & Pensions Secretary, I can see very little hard work and can’t comment on Party Animal, what I will comment, is that she appears to have no emphaty or compssion for the persons to whom the department was working on behalf, as she dismissed them at every turn. So I do worry for the NHS under her hands and even more so for Social Care, who is appears is not worthy of a mention, not even by the BMA, who arraer to be solely concerned about health in other words the NHS, when Social care has a large bearing on the NHS. For without sufficient consideration to social care, the N HS is doomed to failure, perhas, this is her goal, for then, could this lead to more privitisation, when the NHS needs less than more.
Many of the problems within the NHS is exacerbated by the demise of social care, as it extends the degree of health issues, crfeates bedblocking at point of discharge, thus leading to A&Es not being able to take new patients from ambulances, thereby iincreasing waiting times for ambulances to be able to pickup new patients.
It is essential that this Government and also The BMA underrstand and recognise the significance of social care to the NHS and even more so to persons in need of Social care for social care, which has been the forgotten health service for far too long. Perhaps since the needs of social care were apparent, for, as for as I can see social care has been ignored by every Government there has been and still is. Funding is, in sufficient quantities is required, like yesterday, perhaps even more so than the NHS, but with Coffey I am so desponent that nothing will be achieved.
So, I feel bye to social care and those in need, perhaps this is the design of this Government.
Source: Thérèse Coffey: who is the new health secretary and what’s her plan for fixing the NHS? | The BMJ