So Doctors also run the data centre? Thought not.
A data centre glitch has left doctors in Wales unable to access their patients’ details – while a similar outage in Manchester, England, has placed severe strain on hospitals’ accident and emergency departments. Dr Alan Woodall, chairman of GP Survival UK who works from a surgery in Montgomeryshire, mid-Wales, told the Beeb: " …
Wasn't NHoS a desktop OS?
The difference between a desktop version of linux and a server version is (usually) only down to a few differences in package selection..
At a small scale anyway.
(Yes, yes, my sarcasm detector *is* working. Sort of.)
Chronic underfunding brought about due to a minister with a privatisation agenda.
The first thing that usually crops up here is to note that Health is now a devolved matter, so in political terms Wales and Scotland are completely separate from what happens in England.
This then often leads on to a discussion of the West Lothian question, which is a discussion about whether or not Welsh and Scottish MPs should be able to vote on such devolved issues at Westminster, where (in theory) only English policies are determined.
What escapes many people though is that this isn't entirely the case. Due to the wonderful bureaucratic compromise that is the Barnett formula policies on devolved matters in England have an only slightly less than direct bearing on those matters in Wales and Scotland. The politics may be separate, but funding decisions in England directly affect the block grant given to the devolved governments, thus if England decides to reduce NHS spending in England, a corresponding amount is taken out of Welsh and Scottish budgets, and if they wish to maintain NHS funding, they have to make up that shortfall from elsewhere.
Can you tell this gets me a bit cross?
My wife, who works at a large teaching hospital in Wales said that the problems were essentially with external connectivity. Apparently all internal services were operating as normal and paper-based procedures meant that - at her hospital at any rate - there was very little real impact. Normal service was restored by mid afternoon, I gather.
They have continuity plans in place within practices for this sort of thing, but due to moving ever more closely to electronic patient records it could be an issue for allergies etc.
Fortunately they are likely to have had some access to national systems which will hold some of this data. However for short periods (24/48hrs) outages like this aren't a huge problem.
If your local GP is saying " we can't treat patients " they are lying, lazy or attention seeking. They can - they are trained, not the computers. As long as they can talk to the patient, access allergy information they are good to go for a limit time. Fortunately over-reaction from GPs in incredibly rare and most just want to get on with the work, they will be more worried about keying in data afterwards and processing tests/results to ensure records are up to date - this it he main issue with outages in IT within practices.
"If your local GP is saying " we can't treat patients " they are lying, lazy or attention seeking. "
So when I last went and they pulled up my x-ray results and details of treament and then arrange an appointment for physio. How is that done without a computer?
I sit there while they send a carrier pigeon to the hospital and then send a small child to run 10 miles to the physio's?
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