1/5 of Hospitals are under standard – in England and that’s not counting the rest of the UK

Tim Shipman in The Sunday Times 27th April 2014 reports: Patients suffer as one in five hospitals fail to meet care standards

So 1/5 of Hospitals are under standard – in England and that’s not counting the rest of the UK. We know the numerator but not the denominator.. How many would have been under standard at this level 10 and 20 years ago?

ONE in five hospitals failed inspections as a result of poor care last year, leaving patients to endure a catalogue of neglect, new figures have revealed.

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) watchdog found that 45 hospitals were not meeting acceptable standards of safe care, following 215 inspections in the year to March — a failure rate of nearly 21%. In the same period, 32 hospitals, about one in six of those inspected, did not have an adequate number of staff.

The inspectors’ reports reveal extensive failings, including a trebling of bed sores….

An excuse to ration by decommissioning?

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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