Hospital spot checks27th September 2007
Hospitals have been warned that spot checks will be carried out on them if there are complaints that staff are failing to meet standards of elderly care.
The warning to NHS trusts in England comes from the Healthcare Commission after inspections at 23 trusts which included interviews with staff and ward observations.
The trusts affected were chosen because of concerns over levels of care and come amid mounting anxiety about the welfare of older patients. Mixed-sex wards, lack of help with eating and being left in soiled clothes are the issues of particular concern.
The commission found there were no major breaches of national standards. But only five had fully complied with all the standards relating to dignity, privacy and nutrition, eight trusts were warned they would be scrutinised carefully again next year and 10 were told to make improvements.
Trusts warned were: West Dorset General Hospitals, West Hertfordshire Hospitals, Queen Elizabeth Hospital , Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals, The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals and Barts and The London.
Healthcare Commission chief executive Anna Walker said: â€śWhere there is evidence that the right care is not being provided, we will use all our powers of assessment and inspection. Patients and the public do not want us to let go of this issue and we have no intention of doing so.â€?
Help the Aged said there has been â€śsome progressâ€? in recent years but described only five of the 23 trusts complying with all dignity in care standards as â€śintolerable.â€?
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Title: Hospital spot checks
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 4224
Date Added: 27th Sep 2007