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Shaming of the NHS

Post by Get'emGonçalo on 09.03.10 8:09



Patients are routinely being treated in kitchens, mop cupboards and corridors because hospitals are so overcrowded, a shocking survey reveals.
Third World conditions are commonplace, with hospitals housing patients for days in storage areas, offices, TV rooms and outpatient clinics.
This disturbing treatment of the sick and vulnerable comes despite a tripling of the NHS budget by Labour over the past decade.

The survey of 900 nurses follows a Daily Mail story telling how Doris McKeown, 80, spent 48 hours in a supply cupboard while waiting for surgery at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Many nurses also told how extra beds were often crammed into wards to avoid breaching a Whitehall target on A&E waiting times.
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This increased the risk of infection and threatened patients' privacy and dignity, especially on mixed-sex overflow wards.
Examples of appalling care cited by staff included:

A woman 'barely coping' after a miscarriage being sent to a ward with male patients.
Children left at 'high security risk' and a threat of infection when adults were put on their ward.
One overflow ward being so crammed a nurse could not reach the emergency buzzer when someone had a heart attack. She had to run into the corridor to yell for help.

One patient being left in a mop cupboard where there was only room for a chair, not a bed. At another hospital, a kitchen was set aside for two beds.
A hospital discharging elderly patients before they were ready.
Another using a ward which had been 'condemned' for patient use.

Up to three patients being crammed into a tiny office cluttered with staff belongings.
Eighteen patients being stuck on trolleys in the corridor of a medical assessment unit.
One nurse said: 'The only thought is of "stopping breaches" [of targets]: put patients anywhere as long as the box gets ticked.'
The revelations follow a series of NHS scandals, including the deaths of up to 1,200 people at Stafford Hospital, where targets were found to be largely to blame.
The Nursing Times survey also found that beds were 'faulty' and 'condemned', fire exits were blocked, toilets were 'inadequate', and many patients went without showers and baths.


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Re: Shaming of the NHS

Post by hentie on 09.03.10 8:44

Deeply shocking.

The care of the sick is entrenched now with reaching targets, mismanagement and sadly, all too often, lack of vocation/care.

It needs everyone to complain if they are unhappy about their care or that of a relative.

All too often after a bad experience, folk just want to escape the hospital and say nothing. Unless we complain the same can happen to someone else.

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Post by marigold on 09.03.10 9:17

Remind me never to go into hospital unless absolutely necessary, too many who go in, never come out again.
I have tried complaining in the past, I just met a brick wall.

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Post by Get'emGonçalo on 09.03.10 9:22

The trouble is there isn't a complaints system - they have a 'pact of silence' and it's rather like pass the parcel.

I spent two years on the 'complaints system' when ex hubby was misdiagnosed as inoperable and once you reach the top you're sent back to the beginning for a review. It makes you lose the will to live...and they know it.

The NHS used to be great, but these days it's a shambles. I wish the government would sort it out so it works for everybody.

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Post by hentie on 09.03.10 9:45

I agree with you Jill. Within the hospital there is a pact of silence.

If necessary I believe we should take it to local MP or press. That's what we had to do and the matter was sorted in 24 hours.

Shouldn't have to do this....I hate to complain or make a nuisance of myself but if you don't "shout" you're not heard nowadays.

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Post by Cherry on 09.03.10 10:16

I feel very sorry for elderly people who are on their own, who do not have family or friends around to complain when they are not being treated right.

The other thing is many elderly people are of the generation who do not like to make a fuss,who do not want the family to complain and are afraid if they do the medical staff will take it out on them.

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Post by hentie on 09.03.10 18:11

Yes Cherry, sadly that is exactly what happens. Also one member of staff may wish to say something but all too often is silenced by fear.
I know of someone who spoke out and after 3 months handed in her notice because of the attitude of her colleagues. She left nursing for good.

Happened a long time ago but I can imagine the same scenario is still possible. Look what happened to that nurse who secretly recorded the ill treatment of elderly patients for a tv programmme. She was struck off until re instated some time later.

She was put through hell for caring.

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Re: Shaming of the NHS

Post by justagrannynow 1 on 10.03.10 7:08

Now personal medical records are to go online.

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By Kate Devlin, Medical Correspondent
Published: 10:20PM GMT 09 Mar 2010

Those who do not wish to have their details on the £11 billion computer system are supposed to be able to opt out by informing health authorities.

But doctors have accused the Government of rushing the project through, meaning that patients have had their details uploaded to the database before they have had a chance to object.


The scheme, one of the largest of its kind in the world, will eventually hold the private records of more than 50 million patients.

But it has been dogged by accusations that the private information held on it will not be safe from hackers.

The British Medical Association claims that records have been placed on the system without patients’ knowledge or consent.

It follows allegations that the Government wanted to complete the project before the Conservatives had a chance to cancel it.

In a letter to ministers published today, the BMA urges the Government to suspend the scheme.

Hamish Meldrum, its chairman, writes: "The breakneck speed with which this programme is being implemented is of huge concern.

"Patients’ right to opt out is crucial, and it is extremely alarming that records are apparently being created without them being aware of it.

"If the process continues to be rushed, not only will the rights of patients be damaged, but the limited confidence of the public and the medical profession in NHS IT will be further eroded."

At present 1.29 million people have had their details placed on the system. A further 8.9 million records are due to be added by June. By the end of next year, the NHS hopes to have more than 50 million uploaded.

The "summary" records contain basic medical information including illnesses, vaccination history, and could include medication patients have been given. Ages and addresses are also included.

Patients are supposed to be notified by letter at least 12 weeks before their details go live on the system and given the chance to opt out.

The BMA says that letters have gone to the wrong addresses and that many patients have been unsure what they mean.

Doctors point out that there has been no national advertising programme to explain the scheme, as has been the case with other government initiatives.

The BMA also criticises the fact that the information packs do not include the form which allows patients to opt out. It can only be obtained via the internet or by calling a helpline.

Katherine Murphy, of the Patients Association, said: "The Health Service should not put in place bureaucratic obstacles to patient choice because they are worried about what patients might choose to do."

Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat health spokesman, said: "The Government needs to end its obsession with massive central databases.

"The NHS IT scheme has been a disastrous waste of money and the national programme should be abandoned."

A spokesman for the Department of Health said that ministers "absolutely support" the right of patients to opt out of the scheme, adding that various options were provided to make this straightforward.

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Post by Cherry on 10.03.10 9:47

Disgusting they are rushing this through without any notification to the public, remember what happened about all the tax data that got lost, a similar thing could happen here or get hacked into. confused

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