Monday, 21 January 2013

Stafford Hospital

The public enquiry into mistreatment at Mid Staffordshire Hospital NHS Trust has still not been published but is due shortly.

It’s estimated that between 400 to 1200 preventable deaths occurred there due to neglect or mistreatment by staff.

It’s produced an admission by the health Secretary today that; “whilst we don’t believe there is anywhere else that has got the problems that Stafford Hospital had, everyone can sense that there are little bits of Stafford dotted around the system.”

You bet! The problem is that there are going to be cuts coming – even if the overall spend stays the same. Money is being diverted away from treatment and care to private suppliers and wages are being freezed.

In a climate of cutting back, it’s up to staff and patients to make sure that the last thing to be cut back is compassion.

In the following weeks there will be more on Stafford Hospital, before and after the release of this long delayed report, which was only ever written after years of campaigning by bereaved relatives.

Neil Harris

(a don’t stop till you drop production)

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