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Via the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/11/nhs-walk-in-centres-quarter-closed

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Despite huge popularity, nearly a quarter of NHS walk-in clinics offering seven-day care and evening opening have closed in the past three years, according to research by Monitor, the health service regulator.

It said there was a danger that closures could leave some patients unable to access GP care, particularly those unable to register with a surgery, as well as low-income working families and high-risk socially excluded groups such as homeless people, refugees and drug addicts.

More than 230 centres offering family doctor services were set up in England in the decade to 2010 under a Labour government initiative to improve access to care for patients who found it hard to register with their local GP or were unable to get a speedy appointment at a time that suited them.

Ironically, some of the closures appear to be the result of the centres being too successful. NHS commissioning authorities that have closed walk-in centres told Monitor that the clinics triggered "unwarranted" demand among "worried well" patients for often minor conditions. Some said they had closed centres to make savings as they could "no longer afford the convenience that walk-in centres offer".


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Re: Closure of 23% of NHS walk-in centres 'will put more pressure on A&E'
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2013, 12:43:43 PM »
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Despite huge popularity, nearly a quarter of NHS walk-in clinics offering seven-day care and evening opening have closed in the past three years, according to research by Monitor, the health service regulator.
Perhaps it's BECAUSE of that popularity overloading the system without the revenue to support it... hmm?

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Re: Closure of 23% of NHS walk-in centres 'will put more pressure on A&E'
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2013, 12:54:39 PM »
A free capitalist market could figure out how many centres, where, when, etc.

As far as I'm concerned, waiting in line is NOT a problem for people that pay nothing for their health care.
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Re: Closure of 23% of NHS walk-in centres 'will put more pressure on A&E'
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2013, 12:58:33 PM »
The English way of queuing is a joy to behold. Neat, quiet and totally automatic. It's just part of the culture.  :laugh:
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Re: Closure of 23% of NHS walk-in centres 'will put more pressure on A&E'
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2013, 01:02:01 PM »
Perhaps it's BECAUSE of that popularity overloading the system without the revenue to support it... hmm?

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Re: Closure of 23% of NHS walk-in centres 'will put more pressure on A&E'
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2013, 01:33:21 PM »
Eventually, bit by bit, socialism devours everything...an unsustainable system of expensive benefits.  There's no other way it can go.
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Re: Closure of 23% of NHS walk-in centres 'will put more pressure on A&E'
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2013, 01:41:12 PM »
Tell me about it! They have been trying to reform the NHS since 1978, to my certain knowledge (possibly before but a teen doesn't pay much attention to the news).

Nothing ever comes of it. You want to see "too big to fail?" Look at our health system. This is where you are heading, while we are desperately trying to get out of it.
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Re: Closure of 23% of NHS walk-in centres 'will put more pressure on A&E'
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2013, 09:04:57 AM »
If one wishes to have these sorts of resources on offer - and it's not a bad idea because, at the least, these places act as first-line triage centers for emergency rooms, diverting those people who do not need emergency help but who would have gone there in the first place - but rather than making them "free" - TINSTAAFL - set it up so that people can either pay at the time of service, or not pay immediately, be sent a bill, and if the bill is unpaid by the end of the year, that information should be reported to the IRS - on a 1099 form, just like so many other items of information - and the unpaid amount added as an additional tax.  Given that most people end up being in a refund position when they file their returns - the withholding system was intentionally designed to overwithhold - that refund would cover some or all of the unpaid balance; any remaining balance could be subjected to a means test - based on the information in that same tax return - and partially or wholly waived.  That way we achieve some measure of compromise between free markets and welfarism, and require people to have as much skin in the game as they can afford while still providing basic care - i.e., nothing like MRIs or the like, or fancy therapies or medications - without leaving poor people to rot in the gutters - or, more to the point, clog up emergency rooms - solely for lack of resources to immediately pay the bill.

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Re: Closure of 23% of NHS walk-in centres 'will put more pressure on A&E'
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2013, 10:08:59 AM »
Nice idea - but one small problem.

We do not file tax returns here in the UK, unless we actually run a business. It is entirely automatic.
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