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NHS Hospitals Torturing Patients to Death

Local / NHS Mar 18, 2009 - 02:38 AM GMT

By: N_Walayat

Local NHS trust hospitals are providing British NHS patients with third world patient health care whilst at the same time tax payers have tripled the NHS annual budget under the Labour government. This lack of competent health care has been brought home in a report by the Healthcare Commissions as reported by The Times.

A report by the Healthcare Commission into death rates at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust found that receptionists were given responsibility for carrying out medical checks and patients were left screaming in pain for hours.

The report, the most damning yet compiled by the commission on an NHS hospital in England, raises serious questions about the monitoring and regulation of the trust, which was awarded elite foundation status and continued to receive positive annual reports despite its many problems.

The commission's inquiry focused on higher than normal death rates in emergency care, in particular at Stafford Hospital. Setting out its findings yesterday, Heather Wood, the lead investigator, said that between 400 and 1,200 more people died than would have been expected over three years.

Families have described Third World conditions at the trust, with some patients drinking water from vases and others left on trolleys for hours without medication.

The commission, found deficiencies at virtually every stage, including too few and inadequately trained staff, junior doctors left alone in charge at night and dirty wards and bathrooms.

Families of NHS patients report horrific stories of their experiences such as: "there were people drinking from vases as there were no nurses around to give them water, they were wearing dirty clothes and eating food with their hands. I saw grown men crying because they had urinated themselves and there was no-one there to do anything, it's the most shocking thing I've ever seen."

The poor quality of healthcare and high number of deaths is nothing short of scandalous and is tantamount to the torture of those patients that are unfortunate to be forced to suffer in NHS hospitals similar to the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. This is nothing new, as I have voiced similar concerns over the past 2 years (NHS 60 Today! Reform or Die?) that the NHS has turned into a bottomless funding black hole that consumes ever larger amounts of cash whilst at the same time the quality of care continues to deteriorate which is most evident in the fact that thousands of patients die needless deaths due to NHS negligence, which has resulted in a surge of the amount that compensation that the NHS pays for negligence to £1.2 billion per year.

The solution remains as I have highlighted for several years is for the NHS to be privatised. Instead of the labour government pandering for votes from the inefficient public sector that continues to ride the NHS gravy train.

Whilst hospital healthcare is bad enough, however this does not compare to the state of GP surgeries that has literally resulted in a betrayal of patients due to the fact that during mid 2008, GP's mislead patients into signing a petition against the implementation of Super Surgeries ( 13 Jun 2008 - Super Surgeries: GP's Accused of Lying to Patients!) , which promised drag GP surgeries into the 21st Century by offering 12 hours a day drop in facilities. The GP's responded by adopting similar negligent level of healthcare that the Times reports for the Staffordshire Hospital, namely that Receptionists increasingly decide whether a patient can or cannot see a doctor based on telephone consultations, which I will elaborate upon in the next article.

By Nadeem Walayat

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