The deadly H3N2 virus, or Australian flu, is sweeping the country with Kent one of the worst affected areas according to the Mirror the Metro and the Telegraph. As people fight for their lives, EKHUFT have admitted they don’t have any answers to the crisis. Healthcare in east Kent is collapsing in front of us.
Our A&Es are nearly the worst in the country says today’s Telegraph.
This week the interim head of EKHUFT, Susan Ascott, wrote in the Kentish Gazette ‘we cannot have three (A&Es) because that would mean having fewer staff to see patients as services would be stretched more thinly across our hospitals, resulting in longer waiting times and poorer treatment’. So there you have it, A&Es are at capacity and increasing capacity would, according to Ascott, bizarrely cause the situation to get even worse.
So not a good time to have a flu epidemic.
This isn’t a crisis that only affects the elderly or the chronically ill. Anyone can get flu. Last week Health England reported 24 dead, and the number of hospitalisations is in the thousands.
The authorities hope they can ride out the crisis, and as long as people don’t make too much fuss, nothing will have to be done.
CHEK suggests that we don’t let them get away with it. Every signature that is added to our campaign gives us that little bit more clout to stand up for the people of east Kent. We pay our taxes and in return we are promised universal healthcare. The current system has failed. We need the services returned to the K&C as matter of urgency before we see the army treating patients in car parks - the next step if the situation worsens.
When should you go to the hospital if you think you have Australian flu?
If you develop a sudden chest pain, have difficulty breathing or start coughing up blood, call 999 or go to A&E. You should contact your GP if your symptoms don't improve after seven days, you are 65 or over, pregnant, or have a long-term medical condition (such as heart, lung or kidney disease, diabetes or a neurological disease). You should also speak to your GP if you already have a weakened immune system - for example, due to HIV or chemotherapy.