Friday, 3 April 2009

Bad Hospitals

Hospitals are still hitting the headlines for failing to get the basics right. Today twenty-one Trusts have been shamed for falling way below accepted standards. Infection control procedures need to be rigorously applied at all times. If they are not, patients die. My mother went into Staffordshire General Hospital four years ago for a routine operation. The operation was successful but she nearly died as a result of two hospital acquired infections. A friend of mine worked there as a junior doctor two years ago and was severely reprimanded on numerous occasions for daring to complain to the hospital managers about poor infection control and other negligent practices that were putting patients lives at risk. He was branded a trouble maker for trying to protect the public. People have a right to be safe in hospital – not to come out more ill than they went in.

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