NHS has looming crisis as winter approaches


The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above

I suppose that this rather sad and worrying state of affairs is not really new news as we have all heard the warnings from doctors, nurses, NHS unions, health charities and various health watchdogs along these lines for quite a long time now.

As one of the richest counties in the world it shows how poor we are at running our own health service, or at least how poor the politicians are who run it for us.

But rest assured Boris is going to bring in £350m per week for the NHS via Brexit (the most infamous bus advert ever) so that’s going to be alright then – well it would be if it was not totally untrue like all the rest of the Brexit nonsense.

If the NHS does keel over this winter will Tory voters blame the Tories and Brexit; they should do.

Netherton – BUPA’s St. Nicholas Nursing Home


The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

Sadly we seem to hear far too many stories like this. How on earth do our most vulnerable citizens find themselves in ‘inadequate’ care? It shines a poor light on us all but particularly on the care providers.

Care sector woes leave frail at risk, regulator says – BBC web site


The BBC has this most worrying story on its web site – see link above

With the right wing press obsessed with promoting Brexit, the Tories and of course Bake Off’s troubles this is a major issue that is simply not getting the profile that it needs.

As well as an NHS that is all but on its knees care for the elderly is also in crisis. You would think this should motivate us all to put in place, or to ensure that our political leaders put in place, the required solutions but apart from the wringing of hands and the pleas of Norman Lamb MP for a cross party approach to this appalling NHS/care crisis nothing much seems to happen.

Norman Lamb MP

Norman Lamb MP

The question is how bad does it have to get before we force MP’s and Government to take action. We all need a strong NHS and care provision you know!

And to quote Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron:- ‘We need a new deal for NHS & Social Care – services are under huge pressure; excuses and passing the buck not enough’

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.

Melling – Melling Acres Care Home – CQC Report


The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

‘The [CQC] health watchdog ruled Melling Acres, a home for adults with learning difficulties and autism, was unsafe and ordered bosses to make urgent improvements.’

‘The Care Quality Commission (CQC) gave the home a rating of “inadequate” and placed it in special measures.’

The facility is in Melling’s Giddygate Lane – the gated residents access only road that joins the M58 Motorway junction at Ashworth with Leatherbarrows Lane.

Southport & Ormskirk Hospitals – Room for improvement but great staff.



Southport and Formby & District General Hospital and Ormskirk General Hospital were inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Staff skill levels in A&E at both sites fell below those needed to provide “a consistently safe service”.

And maternity services at Ormskirk were rated “inadequate” by the CQC.

The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, based at Southport, was also found to be inadequate, with staffing levels “significantly lower” than national guidelines recommend.

There was a “lack of suitably qualified, skilled and experienced staff to meet the needs of the patients,” the report said.

However, the inspectors said they saw “many examples” that showed staff were “caring, compassionate and treating patients with dignity, even when they were working under significant pressure”.

The full story is on the BBC web site – see link above.