Two articles from the news reveal the depths to which we have gone, and are still descending. In the end we waste both money and people.
Eleanor Bradford for BBC Scotland reports 14th December 2015: Crisis-hit NHS computer contract an ‘exemplar of good practice’ A 2013 report called it an exemplar, but within 2 years it is in tatters, overspent and ineffective… This could be corporate negligence of public money… The Health Service is like a child who has always had too much..
NHSreality can accept that this humiliating series of failures, and denial was not by design but happened by ineptitude and poor oversight. This means it could be corporate manslaughter; at least its not murder!
THE NHS could face a compensation bill running into millions of pounds for patients with learning disabilities who died unexpectedly in its care.
A leaked report, to be published this week, found that Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust failed to investigate all but 195 of 1,454 unexpected deaths of patients in its care, including many with learning disabilities or mental health problems.
Lawyers have begun talks about a possible class action by the families of patients with learning disabilities who died unexpectedly at the trust between March 2011 and 2015. Only 1% had their deaths investigated.
The investigation at Southern Health, which runs services in Dorset, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire, was carried out by Mazars, an independent auditor, after the death of Connor Sparrowhawk, 18, a patient with learning disabilities who drowned in a bath in hospital in Oxford.
Last week Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, said the government was “profoundly shocked” by the report and offered a “heartfelt apology”.
The law firm Irwin Mitchell, which specialises in personal injury and medical negligence claims, is understood to have begun talks about representing the families of those who died. Nancy Collins, a solicitor, said that despite “repeated talk of transparency” the NHS had not investigated some deaths until contacted by lawyers.
Hunt announced last week that Bristol University would conduct a study into the mortality rates of people with learning disabilities in NHS care. Mencap, a charity representing people with learning disabilities, has called for a public inquiry.
Southern Health said it would learn from any mistakes “so we can further improve care for patients and others who rely on our services”.
So how do the medical professions feel about this?