Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The Health of Britain, Part V

From the November 26th Daily Telegraph (U.K.):
Hundreds of patients may have died needlessly at an NHS hospital due to appalling standards of care, a damning report has found.

Poor nursing care, filthy wards and lack of leadership at Basildon and Thurrock University NHS Hospitals FoundationTrust led to the deaths of up to 400 patients a year.

Figures compiled by a health watchdog showed death rates at the Essex trust were a third higher than they should have been.

Among the worst failings discovered by the Care Quality Commission were a lack of basic nursing skills, curtains spattered with blood on wards, mould in vital equipment and patients being left in A&E [accident and emergency] for up to ten hours.

Concerns about death rates at the foundation hospital trust were first raised a year ago, but an internal investigation failed to find anything wrong and managers dismissed the concerns.

But the new report found "systematic failings" in the trust's management, all of whom are still in their jobs. The CQC said its confidence in the management's ability had been 'severely dented'.
Previous posts in the series here, here, here and here. See also the Daily Mail (U.K.), the Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Times (London) and the Independent (U.K.).

Over to you, Thai.

(via Instapundit, Best of the Web)


Thai said...

You really do not want to go down this path with me, nor will I indulge it for long.

I have no interest in this kind of tit for tat so if you want to post it on your blog, do so but please leave my name out of it. Otherwise, I am gone.

If that is your desire, simply state so. I have no desire for combat. None.

This is not a court of law.

OBloodyHell said...

One patient vs. hundreds...

Interesting form of tit-tat calculus you have there, Thai.

"My one egregious error equates to a vast array of errors, demonstrating a pattern, that you show".

This, Carl, is typical Thai (and liberal) tap dancing.

One reason I don't respect him -- he thinks you, and other regulars at this blog, are too stupid to call him on such blatantly ridiculous equivalences.

Admit it, Thai -- you don't care about facts, you don't care about rational discourse -- all you care about is making cheap points.

You went away because you were getting called on them time and again.

Did you think that wasn't going to keep happening now?

Either make valid, sensible points or give up, because your cheap shots won't play here.

You are going to be called on them each and every time you make them.

Carl said...


I don't get it. I sometimes have trouble following your arguments (including, apparently, not understanding when you're joking), and encouraged you to explain your reasoning. I thought this this post might be a good forum. The fact that, like a court of law, this blog tries to be evidence-based should be a good, not bad, thing.

I'm mystified at your pique. Lassie, come home.