Daily Archives: August 27, 2009

Nursing Care in the UK is abysmal at some NHS Clinics and Hospital

The Daily Telegraph reports on Thursday,  released an article that found patients have suffered to poor standards of care with “neglectful, demeaning,painful and sometimes cruel” treatment.

According to The Patient Association of UK,over the last six years claimed hundred thousands of patients were treated with disrespect . The association revealed the shocking  and horrible treatment to patients including:

The elderly left in pain, with in soiled bed clothes, lacking food and water, repeatedly canceled operations, miss diagnoses and arrogant staff.

One of the worst is Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust medical centers where 1200 patients have died due to poor treatment in urgent care.

The Patient Association has called on the  Government and Care Quallity Commission to due a top to bottom reviews of basic nursing care.

Claire Rayner President of the Patients Association and a former nurse said,“For far too long now, the Patients Association has been receiving calls on our helpline from people wanting to talk about the dreadful, neglectful, demeaning, painful and sometimes downright cruel treatment their elderly

relatives had experienced at the hands of NHS nurses.

“I am sickened by what has happened to some part of my profession of which I was so proud., Said Raymer. “These bad, cruel nurses may be – probably are – a tiny proportion of the nursing work force, but even if they are only one or two percent of the whole they should be identified and struck off the Register.”

The Patient Association points out some of the worse cases including Pamela Goddard 82 of Bletchingley, Surrey,UK. Goddard was suffering with cancer and was left in her own excrement and bed sore developed on her and her condition worsened.

Then there the case of Florence Weston of Sedgley, West Midlands,UK.85 who died after from starvation and repeated cancellations.

Barbara Young of the Care Quallity Commission said when she learned of the report,“It is absolutely right to highlight that standards of hospital care can vary from very good to poor. Many people are happy with the care they receive, but we also know that there are problems.”

“I am in no doubt that many hospitals need to raise their game in this area. Where NHS trusts fail to meet the mark, we have tough new enforcement powers, ranging from warnings and fines to closure in extreme cases. We will not hesitate to use these powers when necessary to bring improvement,” Young said.

She added,”We will be asking NHS trusts and primary care trusts how they are ensuring that the needs of patients and their safety and dignity are kept at the heart of care.”

The Telegraph has more.

UK health Care Horror Stories Continues:Man with “removed” Appendix Collasped With Ruptured Appendix Still in Him; Plus this No Room in the Inn British Women Gives Birth in Any Room They Can at National Health Service

The Daily Mail of United Kingdom continues it ongoing series of the shocking stories on on the National Health Service. These ones are  doozies .

A man from Swindon,UK has been hospitalized  after his “removed”appendix  ruptured and collapsed. Mark Wattson was taken back to Great Western Hospital in Swindon. The surgeons that told Wattson what was causing him to pain was his appendix. This time it ruptured. An a astonished Wattson was shocked and angered to say the least.

‘I was lying on a stretcher in terrible pain and a doctor came up to me and said that my appendix had burst,’ he said.

‘I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I told these people I had my appendix out just four weeks earlier but there it was on the scanner screen for all to see.

‘I thought, “What the hell did they slice me open for in the first place?”

‘I feel that if the surgery had been done correctly in the first place I wouldn’t be in the mess I am today. I’m disgusted by the whole experience.’

Wattson  was sent  home again after doctors finally removed the ruptured appendix only to returned  to Great Western Hospital for a third time! The incision infected. It caused Wattson to lose his temporary job.

He said: ‘I had a temporary job at a sports shop but when I took in two medical certificates saying I had my appendix out twice they didn’t believe me.” He can’t look for work because of the pain.

Officials from the Great Western Hospital said they have launched a investigation into the bad operations. Paul Gearing deputy general manger for General Surgery for Great Western Hospital NHS

‘We are unable to comment on individual cases.

‘However, we would like to apologise if Mr Wattson felt dissatisfied with the care he received at Great Western Hospital.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1208970/Man-collapses-ruptured-appendix–weeks-NHS-doctors-took-out.html#ixzz0PMaiycLQ

On a another front, Thousand of women are giving birth in places in stead of a maternity rooms and  Midwives.

These women in the UK are giving birth in hallways, lifts(read elevators), toilets yes toilets. About 15 % of women giving birth in the UK have no room to give birth in; This equals to 4000 women with no bed for her child.

Health officials admit the lack of beds has hed to this problem.

The Daily Mail gives a rundown of the problems for Pregnant in the National Health Service:

  • 63 births in ambulances and 608 in transit to hospitals;
  • 117 births in A&E departments, four in minor injury units and two in medical assessment areas;
  • 115 births on other hospital wards and 36 in other unspecified areas including corridors;
  • 399 in parts of maternity units other than labour beds, including postnatal and antenatal wards and reception areas.

Additionally, overstretched maternity units shut their doors to any more women in labour on 553 occasions last year.

These childbirth took place 117 of 147 NHS Trust hospital facilities according to documents obtained by the Daily Mail via the (UK) Freedom of Information (Act)data between 2007 and 2008.

Critics from the Tory Party in Great Britain point out the Labour  Party has reduced the number of maternity rooms. Andrew Lansley said that equals 2340 or 23% of maternity rooms in the UK. Mr. Lansley said, ‘New mothers should not be being put through the trauma of having to give birth in such inappropriate places.

While some will be unavoidable emergencies, it is extremely distressing for them and their families to be denied a labour bed because their maternity unit is full.

‘It shows the incredible waste that has taken place that mothers are getting this sort of sub-standard treatment despite Gordon Brown’s tripling of spending on the NHS.

‘Labour have let down mothers by cutting the number of maternity beds and by shutting down maternity units.’

But on the other side, Care Service Minster Phil Hope said the cause the woes for the NHS  is the number of women giving birth. Pregnancy is difficult  to estimate the time and place.

‘Local health services have plans to ensure high quality, personal care with greater choice over place of birth and care provided by a named midwife.

‘We recognise that some parts of the country face particular challenges due to the rising birth rate and that is why last year we pledged to increase funding for maternity by £330million over three years.

‘We now have more maternity staff than ever before and we have already met our target to recruit 1,000 extra midwives by September.

‘Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1209034/The-babies-born-hospital-corridors-Bed-shortage-forces-4-000-mothers-birth-lifts-offices-hospital-toilets.html#ixzz0PMiNgV7H