Don’t think this is “somewhere else”. It’s in your DGH, especially of you live in a rural area. Rationing of staff is the best way to stay within budget as staff take up by far the most money for every trust.
Hundreds of patients die because hospitals are short-staffed, according to the first comprehensive research to show a clear correlation between staffing and mortality rates.
Emergency surgery patients are also 11 per cent more likely to die at the weekend, it found.
Researchers looked at 300,000 admissions for emergency abdominal surgery at 156 NHS hospitals. Hospitals with the most deaths were more likely to have fewer staff and less equipment.
Peter Holt, a surgeon at St George’s Hospital in southwest London, who led the study, told the British Journal of Anaesthesia: “As you go from poorer-performing hospitals to better- performing, the number of doctors goes up, the number of nurses goes up and the number of operating theatres goes up.”
Patients were 7 per cent more likely to die in the third of hospitals with the fewest staff compared with those with the most. Hospitals have been promised £1.8 billion to improve care.