Wednesday, March 03, 2010

The Health of Britain, Part VI

From the February 25th Times (London):
Stafford Hospital caused 'unimaginable suffering'

Patients were routinely neglected or left "sobbing and humiliated" by staff at an NHS trust where at least 400 deaths have been linked to appalling care.

An independent inquiry found that managers at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust stopped providing safe care because they were preoccupied with government targets and cutting costs.

The inquiry report, published yesterday by Robert Francis, QC, included proposals for tough new regulations that could lead to managers at failing NHS trusts being struck off.

Staff shortages at Stafford Hospital meant that patients went unwashed for weeks, were left without food or drink and were even unable to get to the lavatory. Some lay in soiled sheets that relatives had to take home to wash, others developed infections or had falls, occasionally fatal. Many staff did their best but the attitude of some nurses "left a lot to be desired".

The report, which follows reviews by the Care Quality Commission and the Department of Health, said that "unimaginable" suffering had been caused. Regulators said last year that between 400 and 1,200 more patients than expected may have died at the hospital from 2005 to 2008.
As a reminder, Mid Staffordshire is just the latest in a series of failures in U.K. socialized medicine.

(via Powerline)


OBloodyHell said...

Here's another piece on the travesty from the Daily Mail

suek said...

You know...single payer plan is really the most efficient. If only it weren't run by humans. Because human nature is human nature - the Brits prove it.

What a sad country Britain has become. Great no more.