Ongoing review of NHS shows cause for concern

Busy A&E department.

ACCORDING to the ongoing Care Quality Commission review which started in April 2014 and will run until April 2016, nearly three-quarters of British hospitals visited so far appeared to have safety problems.

In addition, more than 40 per cent of care and nursing homes as well as home care services and 30 per cent of GP services also had problems with safety, with the main cause being identified as shortage of staff in hospitals in particular.

Inspectors labeled this as a “significant concern” with particular problems in hospitals

Some examples of the shortcomings highlighted included, A&E patients being kept on trolleys overnight in a portable unit without proper assessment and staff at a GP surgery not undergoing basic life-support training in the previous 18 months.

This interim report covers 12 months and in that time, more than 5,000 organisations have been inspected of which nearly half were hospitals but it is stressed that those considered most likely to have problems were targeted first so figures may well improve once the entire project is completed.

The review indicates that in the period under review, 13 per cent of hospitals, 10 per cent of social care services and 6 per cent of GP services were considered unsafe.

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    • Mike

      15 October 2015 • 15:30

      One of the big problems with the NHS is they perform thousands of various operations that they should not be covering but for some reason the administration/government make/allow the NHS to offer this. The NHS should be there for people who need medical attention and not for people who have a complex about the size of their breasts, infertility operations, sex change ‘for example’. Now it has to not only deal with those things but also now from bloated administration, thousands of people coming from abroad ‘just’ for NHS treatment and giving birth then disappearing… services can only take so much until they just break down, common logic with anything but politicians like accountants don’t seem to understand who a business or service runs.

    • kay peukert

      16 October 2015 • 08:55

      my experience december 2012 was that although my medical treatment in the Heath hospital cardiff was good- tests doctor asked for were not done as they were lacking staff. One night with only two on duty instead of four we got nothing to eat at night.
      The A & E is a disaster there- my son went there after an assault – according to spain and USA he should have had a tac or at least blood thinners to stop a clot forming- they didn’t do this and my son is now paying the price as he had a clot.
      Complaints have been useless as all they say is we abide by NICE rules – ?this includes having atrainee doctor running a big A & E???


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