Elderly basic care failing13th October 2011
The level of care given to elderly patients in many hospitals in England has been described as “alarming.”
Care Quality Commission inspectors, which carried out unannounced visits at 100 hospitals to assess dignity and nutrition standards on the orders of health secretary Andrew Lansley, found many were falling sort in the most basic care.
Hospitals were found to be failing to give support too older people who needed help eating, curtains were not closed and there were poor levels of hygiene.
Some of the sites were chosen randomly while others had previous concerns raised.
While 45 sites were found to be fully compliant and 35 met the official standards on dignity and nutrition but with room for improvement, 20 sites failed on one or both.
But at Sandwell General in West Bromwich and Alexandra Hospital in Worcestershire, the problems were judged to represent a major problem to patients while at James Paget Hospital in Great Yarmouth moderate problems were identified and the hospital had not resolved the issues when a return visit was made.
CQC chair Dame Jo Williams said: “The fact that over half of hospitals were falling short to some degree in the basic care they provided to elderly people is truly alarming and deeply disappointing. This report must result in action.”
Age UK said the findings highlighted “shocking complacency” by hospitals towards an essential part of good healthcare.
The Royal College of Nursing accepted there could be “no excuse” but said financial pressures were making it harder to keep standards high on wards.
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Thursday 13th October 2011 @ 10:46
This is fact. The care in hospitals stems from many years ago when the care homes that hospitals sent elderly patients for after care were all closed down. Therefore the nurses were stretched into looking after long term patients with the short term patients. Nursing staff were and are limited. When hospital staff complained it fell on deaf ears and the only time anything was done is when families of neglected patients went to the paper. The complaints people are actually run by the NHS and not neutral outside complaints departments. When money is pumped into the NHS the extra money goes to Doctors and Management. If Nurses voice their opinion outside of the NHS because they care they are called whistle blowers. Both labour and the Conservatives are responsible for this. The offices need to be cut back as there are more offices than clinics and wards. Management definitely needs to be cut and the wages of the remaining management needs to be cut. Give the money to the sisters of the ward who then could afford many nurses to give patients the care they deserve. Publish publicly how much money each hospital gets, where it goes and what all NHS employees wages are from the top to the bottom. Last but not least please stop people who have shares or any medical business connections deciding that the NHS should be privatised.
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Title: Elderly basic care failing
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 20063
Date Added: 13th Oct 2011