Death rates at a UK National Health System (NHS) hospital were way above the expected level. Instead of doing something, administration tried to downplay the problems.
When a survey discovered more than a year ago that Basildon Hospital had the worst death rates in the country, the Trust’s chief executive dismissed the scare as a record-keeping anomaly.It wasn't a problem with the record keeping. The death rate was at least one third higher than it should have been.
Why? A related story has the highlights of what was going on. Hundreds of patients died needlessly at NHS hospital due to appalling care - Telegraph
The key findings of the report were:Ain't socialized medicine wonderful?
- appalling hygiene and cleanliness in A&E [Accident & Emergency]
- patients left in A&E for ten hours and treated in full view of others
- four deaths among patients with learning disabilties
- a lack of children's nurses and doctors in A&E
- blood splattered on curtains and mould in vital equipment
- lack of basic nursing skills with failure to feed patients or give medication correctly
- elderly patients frequently developing bed sores, prompting concerns from nearby care homes.