In just a few hours as US President Barack Obama meet with leaders from the Republicans and Democrats in congress at Blair House in Washington,DC health care summit.
Across the pond in United Kingdom a new black eye as a damaging report critical of National Health Service Trust Mid-Staffordshire hospital Where patients have been left for dead and starving.As hospital management was focusing on cost cutting measure while disregarding safety and patients well-being.
Investigations found that patients did not receive adequate care:
The inquiry found that:
• Patients were left unwashed in their own filth for up to a month as nurses ignored their requests to use the toilet or change their sheets;
• Four members of one family. including a new-born baby girl. died within 18 months after of blunders at the hospital;
• Medics discharged patients hastily out of fear they risked being sacked for delaying;
• Wards were left filthy with blood, discarded needles and used dressings while bullying managers made whistleblowers too frightened to come forward.
The report says between 400-1200 patients between 2005 and 2008 died needlessly.
Doctors, nurses and staffers did not face disciplinary actions. NHS Trust leaders rewarded and promoted.
United Kingdom Health Secretary Andy Burnham accepted the independent quality control report by Robert Francis,QC. The Francis Report found the sick and dying ‘routinely neglected’ and the patients were routinely subjected t
“inhumane treatment”, “Bullying”, “abuse” and “rudeness”
But Burnham says “no excuses” for lack of treatment and failures of the system.Doctors and nurses are now being investigated by the General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Burnham said,“We must end the situation where a senior NHS manager who has failed in one job can simply move to another elsewhere,” he added. “This is not acceptable to the public and not conducive to promoting accountability and high professional standards.”
Critics of the NHS report called it a white wash. and called for a full public investigation.
Julie Bailey of the watchdog group “Cure The NHS” was not satisfied with the findings.
“It is time that the public were told the truth about the very large number of excess deaths in NHS care and the very large number of avoidable but deadly errors that occur every day.”