ARGUS COMMENT: Painful wait should end

First published in News

THERE IS something very wrong with our National Health Service when a patient in pain is expected to have to wait nine months for treatment.

Whatever the causes of the delay, it is surely not right that an 85-year-old man who needs to have an infected wisdom tooth taken out in hospital is told to expect such a lengthy wait.

But that is exactly what has happened to war veteran Charles Christmas from Abergavenny.

He could of course have the treatment privately, but at £2,000 that is not really an option for the man who served 22 years in the Fleet Air Arm in the Royal Navy.

Nor should it have to be an option for someone who has served his country and paid into the National Health Service over many years.

There does not appear yet to be a real explanation for the wait other than the fact that it is because Mr Christmas needs to have the tooth removed in hospital rather than at a dental surgery.

We realise our NHS is under increasing pressures caused by ever-growing demand.

We also realise that in the greater scheme of things, the operation Mr Christmas needs may not be as serious or pressing as some others.

But nine months is an awfully long time to wait when you are in constant pain.

We urge Aneurin Bevan Health Board to see if there is some way to expedite this case and end this pain.

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12:12pm Mon 14 Jul 14

landyman3030 says...

I wonder if its got anything to do with the way the dental is funded by the UK government these days. My daughter needed to see an orthodontist. Waiting time up to 3 years. Reason is orthodontists are only paid for a certain number of patients per month. So when the quota is used up they don't see anyone until next month. Which is right. Nobody should work for free. But since the funding has changed waiting lists have gone from weeks to years in under a 12 month. Makes you wonder. Maybe the SWA could find out.
I wonder if its got anything to do with the way the dental is funded by the UK government these days. My daughter needed to see an orthodontist. Waiting time up to 3 years. Reason is orthodontists are only paid for a certain number of patients per month. So when the quota is used up they don't see anyone until next month. Which is right. Nobody should work for free. But since the funding has changed waiting lists have gone from weeks to years in under a 12 month. Makes you wonder. Maybe the SWA could find out. landyman3030
  • Score: 1

12:16pm Mon 14 Jul 14

landyman3030 says...

By the way, i think this gentlemens situation is disgusting. Pardon the analogy but if he were a dog in pain there would be a national outcry. People are villified and criminalised for letting animals die in cars ignored and in pain but it seems acceptable to allow humans to suffer and die in ambulances outside hospitals. If the WAG and the ABHB were in charge of animals they would be banned.
By the way, i think this gentlemens situation is disgusting. Pardon the analogy but if he were a dog in pain there would be a national outcry. People are villified and criminalised for letting animals die in cars ignored and in pain but it seems acceptable to allow humans to suffer and die in ambulances outside hospitals. If the WAG and the ABHB were in charge of animals they would be banned. landyman3030
  • Score: 4

1:02pm Mon 14 Jul 14

siameselady says...

That's disgusting, the poor man must be in terrible pain.
That's disgusting, the poor man must be in terrible pain. siameselady
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2:21pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Perhaps WAG should have recruited more medical people and dentists instead of 400 more civil servants.
http://m.bbc.co.uk/n
ews/uk-wales-politic
s-25849068
Perhaps WAG should have recruited more medical people and dentists instead of 400 more civil servants. http://m.bbc.co.uk/n ews/uk-wales-politic s-25849068 Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 3

2:42pm Mon 14 Jul 14

welshmen says...

12 months, still waiting....
12 months, still waiting.... welshmen
  • Score: 1

8:19pm Mon 14 Jul 14

gingertom says...

We need a public enquiry into the welsh nhs:

https://www.assembly
wales.org/epetition-
list-of-signatories.
htm?pet_id=1019
We need a public enquiry into the welsh nhs: https://www.assembly wales.org/epetition- list-of-signatories. htm?pet_id=1019 gingertom
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