A former Army doctor who is now a GP has said that hospital care in a war zone is far better than the NHS.
Dr Simon Taylor said that the NHS is “getting gradually worse” and “we cannot meet demand” as it is “outstripping capacity” and he backs declaring a “national critical incident.”
Dr Taylor who was deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia said he could get “seriously ill patients” to hospital much faster and within an hour, but here in the UK he cannot.
Sky News reported that Dr Taylor said, “I used to work in A&E, but I’ve been a GP for eight years now and I can honestly say that for many years, it’s getting gradually worse. It’s absolutely beyond capacity now – we cannot meet demand.
“I have double the amount of patients on my books now than just a few years ago and the numbers keep growing. Demand is outstripping capacity… we cannot go on like this.”
He added, “I was sitting at my desk in my GP surgery stressing about how on earth I could get my sickest patients to hospital – I had to take one in my car last week who had a stroke – when I just thought, I’ve had enough!”
He continued, “I was an Army doctor for about 19 years all in.
“I was deployed to places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and I could get seriously ill patients faster into hospital there, within the hour, than I can here.
“We can’t go on like this. There aren’t any ambulances available.
“I have friends who work in emergency medicine who are burning out. People talk about it being a war zone, but with a war zone you have periods of frantic activity and chaos, but you also have periods of calm.
“With this, it is constant – there is no let-up – no time to draw breath. I back declaring a national critical incident.”
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