Friday, 25 January 2013

Caring for infants.



          STOP PRESS!


This is from the Daily Telegraph of 25/1/13, it’s pretty unbelievable at any hospital but at Stafford – what is going on?



“A scandal-hit NHS trust has apologised after a four-month-old baby boy was found with a dummy taped to its mouth.

By Steven Swinford

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed that a member of staff has been suspended and that police are investigating the incident. The trust is at the centre of a public inquiry, due to be published in less than a fortnight, after up to 1,200 patients died due to appallingly bad care between 2005 and 2009.

The incident was reported by the hospital to Staffordshire police three weeks ago, but they have not yet made any arrests or interviewed any suspects under caution.

Colin Ovington, director of nursing and midwifery at the trust, said the baby was unharmed. He said he was "proud" of staff for reporting the incident.

He said: "We will continue to encourage staff to do this, and will continue to report incidents, even before they have been fully investigated, despite any negative attention this may create.  

An official inquiry into failings at the hospital, where between 400 and 1,200 patients died needlessly due to a catalogue of failings and appalling standards of care, is due to be published within weeks.

The £11 million review of what went wrong at Stafford Hospital between January 2005 and March 2009 will suggest hospitals that cover up mistakes by doctors and poor treatment of patients should face fines and possible closure, it has been reported.

A separate highly-critical report by the Healthcare Commission in 2009 revealed a catalogue of failings at the trust and said "appalling standards" had put patients at risk.

Between 400 and 1,200 more people died than would have been expected in a three-year period from 2005 to 2008, the commission said.

In February 2010, an independent inquiry into events at the trust found it had "routinely neglected patients".

A recent report, conducted by a team of independent experts on behalf of regulator Monitor, concluded that Mid Staffs is "financially and clinically unsustainable".

It recently emerged that the trust has paid out more than £1 million in compensation to 120 victims of abuse or their families.”


What can you say?

I cannot understand how such a thing could be allowed to happen – why no one stopped anyone from doing it in the first place.

No one suspended, no enquiry, three weeks has passed – what is going on there?

Yet again, perhaps this is a trial for adult patient care in the future.


Neil Harris

(a don’t stop till you drop production)


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