The bureaucrats have said certain targets must be met. Real adequate care doesn't seem to be one of the targets.
Examples of appalling care cited by staff included:I can't wait until the government controls our health care!
- 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.