Friday, November 27, 2009

The Blissful State of UK Health Care

I can't wait until we have socialized medicine! Fears over Basildon Hospital first raised in 2001 - Telegraph

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:

- 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.
Ain't socialized medicine wonderful?

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