Lack of staff in hospitals leads to hundreds of deaths

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.

hris Smyth in The Times reports 17th December 2015: Lack of staff in hospitals leads to hundreds of deaths

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.

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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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