• Dorothy

It's an NHS Production - to Live or Let Die

This week I listened to a group of professional people sharing their recent dreadful life threatening, near miss experiences as a consequence of incompetent National Health Service diagnoses.

This followed on from reports in the press stating that:

  • The head of health service watchdog warned that as many as 10,000 patients a year are dying due to poor NHS care.

  • There are anywhere between 3,000 and 10,000 avoidable deaths a year in hospitals alone, not counting those which occur due to failings by GPs. Not a statistic that any other area of human activity would be happy with.

  • A 2012 British Medical Journal study warned us that up to 5 per cent of all hospital deaths were avoidable, the equivalent of 12,000 a year in England.

David Prior, chairman of the Care Quality Commission, said standards across the country were ‘dangerously variable’. Writing in The Guardian, he added: “Variation strikes at the heart of the NHS and its core principle that everyone should receive good quality care free at the point of delivery. In fact they do not.”

It's also worth noting that the CQC has now published its findings for the first 40 hospital trusts to be inspected with five rated inadequate that is one in eight.

Whilst Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer at NHS England, said: “The overwhelming majority of our patients receive great care from staff who are pulling out all the stops.” She believes "The quality of care is better now than at any point in the history of the NHS.”

However spokesperson for Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, stated that in relation to the avoidable deaths: “For too long poor care in the NHS was swept under the carpet which