Crippling our A&Es with a dose of the sniffles
Regarding the now annual A&E crisis, I was intrigued listening to Ivan Yates's interview with an A&E doctor last week.
Yates asked him what were the main issues with people presenting at A&E. The doctor casually, but I presume genuinely, offered the flu and colds as the first major issue. I was dumbstruck. Since when do the flu and colds qualify as either an accident or an emergency?
Why should cases that are non-life threatening and not involving intense pain bring the whole hospital system to its knees? Surely, people should have basic common sense when faced with such mild discomfort?