Friday, 27 May 2011

The NHS is the envy of the world

'The NHS is the envy of the world' we are told by those who cannot come to terms with the reality of the NHS for many, many people. I don't think that rest of the world envy us a national health service where it is reported that Doctors are prescribing drinking water for neglected elderly patients to stop them dying of thirst in hospital. It seems that some doctors have discovered that prescribing water is the only way to ensure that NHS nurses give water to their patients.

The Mail reports that:
'Dehydration contributes to the death of more than 800 hospital patients every year.

Another 300 die malnourished. The latest report – by the Care Quality Commission – found patients frequently complained they were spoken to in a ‘condescending and dismissive’ manner.

The watchdog said three of 12 NHS trusts visited in the past three months were failing to meet the most basic standards required by law.

They were: Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust and Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust in North London.

The findings follow a joint campaign by the Mail and the Patients Association last year which exposed shocking examples of substandard care.

Similar failings were highlighted earlier this year by the Health Service Ombudsman who cited cases of patients left to become so thirsty they could not cry for help.

Since February, a team of inspectors from the CQC – including a nurse and an elderly patient – have been visiting 100 NHS trusts unannounced to check elderly patients are treated with dignity.

They found other, less serious concerns at a further three trusts: Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Homerton University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London and the Wye Valley NHS Trust – meaning just half of hospitals were providing the most basic standards of care.'

The NHS 'the envy of the world'? I think not.

1 comment:

Grant said...

Thank goodness we don't have to suffer the indignities of the French, German, Dutch, Danish, Swiss etc. etc. health services.
I would rather be ill in Gambia than here.
An elderly Aunt of mine is in hospital in Scotland right now, after a serious stroke which has left her unconscious and unable to feed herself or drink. There is no hope of recovery. Her family had to fight to get her put on a drip.
I had a similar experience some years ago with my late father.
When it comes to old people , I am convinced the NHS want them to die. Some manager can tick a box and get a bonus.