Sarah Boseley, health editor for The Guardian, reports 28th April 2014: Mid Staffordshire NHS trust fined for ‘avoidable and tragic death’
Health and Safety Executive brought case after 2007 death of Gillian Astbury, 66, because nurses failed to give her medication
The important thing to discuss from all these cases is whether we have learnt the lessons, and whether poor care, endemic in 2007, is being improved. Deliberate rationing by under capacity, and the “rules of the game” for commissioners, suggests that there will be little change. We may all need an advocate beside the bed in our Hospitals. Neglect and dehydration are real risks, and this despite the Welsh Health Service denial of Anne Clewydd’s claims. GPs and staff are cynical and know that they complain far too little – because they know the culture..
NHS contracting has been a disaster – covert rationing by contract or commissioning does not make it ethically acceptable
Ann Clwyd review of hospital complaints finds ‘shocking’ neglect
NHS ‘dismissive of neglect claims’
The cover up and denial. “Help us, doctor. We’re frightened of being ill in Cover-up General”
Not enough beds…. A story of politicial denial.
Bitter Medicine – Reforming the NHS
Patients die because of our “arrangements”. Chaos as hospitals promote all trainee doctors at once
Revisiting the death of Malcolm Green. The wrong people are likely to be criticised..
The Deterioration and Crisis to come – Whose NHS is best? It’s the wrong question
Undercapacity in Maternity – Rationing of beds
Hospital watchdog finds ‘huge variation’ in care
Private care homes: Only cameras in rooms will end patient abuse
A rare and frank diagnosis of NHS
Rationing NHS care: why we need a serious debate – NHS reality agrees – David Lock in the guardian
Hospitals ‘are covering up death rates’ – and then sack whistleblowers
Half of (our) MPs fear for future of free NHS – but have insufficient political will to change it!
Sir Bruce Keogh: “I am not interested in an NHS that aspires to mediocrity, the European average or whatever. We should set ourselves the achievable ambition of raising our cancer survival rates to match the very best in Europe.”