"miss me yet?"
Nope, still dont, sorry.
Betruger wrote:That'd be me. It is that bad. Unless you like living in a system choked that way.AcesHigh wrote:Just ask canadians, britons, french, japanese, spaniards, swedes, dannish, etc, etc, if they think their public healthcare systems are so bad.
Andy Burnham, the Health Secretary, announced an unprecedented five separate reviews of measures to protect patients yesterday, in response to an independent inquiry into failings at the Mid-Staffordshire Foundation Trust which concluded that it "routinely neglected" patients.
It is the biggest shake-up in the monitoring of the NHS since the Bristol children's heart surgery scandal of the mid-1990s, in which babies lost their lives because doctors were not being properly checked. That scandal led to the establishment of regulatory mechanisms to protect patients which the catastrophe at Mid-Staffordshire has now shown to have comprehensively failed.
http://www.john-goodman-blog.com/pests- ... tarvation/
One British newspaper went so far as to rebrand the National Health Service (NHS) the "National Filth Service" [link]. Two thirds to three quarters of NHS hospitals reportedly have pest problems that include plagues of rats, maggot infestations, flies, wasp nests, flying ants, bed bugs, fleas, and cockroaches in wards, kitchens, sterile areas, and operating rooms [link]. In the past, the NHS has also "put patient lives at risk" [link] with poor clinical waste management that breaches UK health and safety regulation, fire regulations, and hazardous waste regulations [link].
NHS hospitals also have problems with relatively straightforward tasks like food service. Rats infect hospital kitchens, even in relatively new buildings [link]. Environmental health officer reports from a quarter of English local hospital authorities suggest that 46 percent had poor cleanliness in their food service operations and 18 percent did not fulfill the legal requirements for storing food. Other problems include no soap or hot water at sinks, dirty or moldy equipment, and failure to follow safety procedures. [link]
A detailed listing of hospital food service problems notes that "no hospital kitchen has been shut down by health inspectors – although catering establishments in the private sector are regularly taken to court." [link]
For some patients, a bigger problem is getting fed at all. At least 30,000 patients were starving in NHS wards in 2007 [link]. Cases of starvation rose 88 percent between 2005 and 2007. Cases of nurses handing out meals who put food out of reach of bedridden patients, come back 15 minutes later and take it away have been documented. So have cases of food arriving in wrappings that patients cannot undo. [link]
Diogenes wrote:I originally thought of posting some examples, but it occurred to me that anyone who has the slightest familiarity with this issue, probably already knows about the various problems reported with the NHS. And those that don't? Why are they talking out of ignorance?
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