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Complaints about the National Health Service have reached record levels and are expected to rise in the next two years, according to the Health Service Ombudsman.
Family doctor cover for weekends and nights, which is often carried out by independent companies, was criticised for poor quality and delays by the ombudsman.
The NHS In The United Kingdom Is In Dire Straits
Not least due to the fact of its staff behaving in totally inappropriate ways that until now have not been brought to light!
The Government is in turmoil, with numerous ideas for reforming the NHS being thrown around at random, resulting in increasing chaos within NHS hospital trusts, with the patients being on the receiving end of disgraceful service and treatment from the very people they should be able to unequivocally place their trust in, namely the medical and executive staff, who run these increasingly inefficient, bordering on dangerous, places of "healing", where the only people to be aware of this totally appalling, far less than adequate service are the patients themselves, most of whom have no idea of how to formulate a voice to speak for themselves.
Patient care could be put at risk by pushing through the Government’s controversial NHS shake-up alongside a £20bn efficiency drive, MPs warn.
The influential public accounts committee accuses Ministers of failing to set out how key parts of their plans will work in practice, claiming “many critical issues” have yet to be resolved.
Look at Me Nurse.
What do you see nurse, what do you see?
Are you thinking when you look at me
I’m a bent old woman not very wise.
Uncertain of habit with faraway eyes?
Who seems not to notice the things that you do,
And forever is losing a stocking or shoe.
Is that what you’re thinking; is that what you see?
Then open your eyes nurse, you’re looking at me!
I’ll tell you who I am, as I sit here so still,
As I move at your bidding, eat at your will.
I’m a small child of ten with a father and mother.
Brothers and sisters who love one another.
A young girl now of sixteen with wings on her feet,
Dreaming that soon her true love she will meet.
A bride at just twenty; my heart gives a leap,
Remembering the vows that I promised to keep
At twenty five I now have young of my own
For whom I help build a secure happy home.
A woman of thirty; my young now grow fast
All bound together with ties that will last.
At forty my youngsters have grown up and gone,
But my man is beside me to see I don’t mourn.
At fifty, babies once more play round my knee.
Yet again we know children, my loved ones and me.
I’m an old woman now, and nature is cruel.
‘Tis simply her jest to make old age look a fool,
But inside this old carcass, a young girl still dwells,
And now once again, my drooping heart swells.
As I remember the joys; I remember the pain,
And I’m loving and living life over again.
I think of the years; all too few; gone too fast,
And accept the stark fact that nothing can last.
So open your eyes nurse; open and see,
Not a wrinkled old woman….look closer, see me!
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"Whatever your views of the privatisation of other services, it is certainly not the right model for the NHS. The consequenes of failure in healthcare are far more serious than in other industries. At best, providers of care will be distracted from their main responsibility of providing excellent services. At worst, hospitals will close - not necessarily for appropriate reasons - and large groups of patients will have greater difficulty in accessing the care they need." (source) Dr Hamish Meldrum, BMA Council Chair
“The Secretary of State has repeatedly said he wants to listen to doctors. Doctors are telling him that whole rafts of these proposals will either not achieve the intended benefit to patients, or will be harmful. He particularly needs to act on the concerns about competition.” (source) Dr Hamish Meldrum, BMA Council Chair
"Government is "creating an environment where individual doctors could in theory profit from NHS activity. I am not sure this can be made ethically sound." (source) Dr Laurence Buckman, Chairman of the BMA's GPs committee
“It has been relentlessly presented to the public as a move to put NHS money into the hands of doctors to spend wisely for their patients. However, that is far from the whole truth. The truth is that this Bill aims to transform the NHS by making the development of a market in healthcare the most important priority in the NHS. And that truth is the reason the government has found itself having to ignore the advice of dozens of organisations, all saying that this is the wrong thing to do.” (source) Dr Mark Porter, BMA Consultants Chair
“...our members are telling us that they are worried about the pace at which these reforms are being implemented, the danger of fragmentation of services, and the emphasis on competition, and they are not sure whether the proposals really will have the positive impact on patient care that is intended.” and “Our members are also worried that time which could be spent caring for patients will be taken away to deal with budgeting and administration and that this will impact negatively on the quality and continuity of care our patients receive". Clare Gerada, Royal College of General Practitioners Chair
“The reforms promote competition without sufficient clarification of how services to patients will be safeguarded and improved." Clare Gerada, Royal College of General Practitioners Chair
“We have long said that no single profession can have sole responsibility for commissioning healthcare, and without a mix of health care professionals – including nurses – we believe that the new model of commissioning will fail.” (source) Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive & General Secretary
“It will be very important that none of the recent improvements to the NHS are placed in jeopardy as a result of these reforms. Of particular concern is the sheer scale and pace of the change at the same time as the NHS is being tasked with saving £20 billion. The RCN is also concerned that fragmentation across the NHS could result in unexplained variations in service, a reduction in collaboration and less sharing of good practice – all of which impact on quality care.” (source) Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive & General Secretary
“...the proposed reforms will make matter much, much worse. Not least, they will force “any willing provider” of health services – private, social enterprise or NHS – to compete with each other on cost and so standard of care are bound to fall.”..."Radical change has clearly been under development for a long time, despite no mention in any election manifesto. The proposed reforms will be rapid, costly, and staggering in scale: they presage nothing less than the complete restructuring, if not privatisation of the NHS, so that healthcare becomes a commodity to be bought and sold by private companies.” (source) 200 Nurses sign letter to The Times
“There is a recurring theme running through our analysis. We have often found a reality gap between ideas that are good in principle and the details of practical delivery, which have often looked opaque or too optimistic.” (source) Nigel Edwards, Chief Executive
“It is also likely that competition law will increasingly apply to health services. The government has said that its legislation does not itself extend the applicability of current UK or European Union competition law to the healthcare sector. But, as NHS providers develop and begin to compete actively with other NHS providers, UK and EU competition law will increasingly become applicable” (source) Nigel Edwards, Chief Executive
“We are also concerned about the risks of fragmentation and the dangers of driving specialists and GPs further apart - this is not what patients need.” (source) Nigel Edwards, Chief Executive
“We will be seeing again massive and profound changes in the way services are delivered. It will usher in a prolonged period of instability, coupled with the huge cost of the changes themselves, whilst soaking up the energy of the NHS and its staff. This comes at a time when the Government is requiring £20 billion of ‘efficiency savings’ from the NHS, and as maternity services face ever increasing demands. The two things seem profoundly incompatible.” (source) Cathy Warwick, General Secretary
The world needs to hear these Horror Stories, and all other intolerable conduct carried out by the one body, we should in the UK, be able to maintain unwavering trust, respect, and confidence in, The NHS!!!!!
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The first NHS Trust hospital under the spotlight is Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; an institution which needs exposing for its disgraceful conduct and inefficiency.
Here is their story; it is shameful in the extreme.
Yeovil District Hospital’s Yeovil District Hospital’s
Chief Executive Officer, Medical Director
Gavin Boyle. Stephen Gore.
1. They say that senior medical staff are allowed to treat and speak to patients exactly as the mood takes them, with no consequences to answer for.
2. They allow their nursing staff to treat vulnerable patients in their care, in the most despicable, uncaring, hazardous ways possible.
3. They condone their staff prescribing medication, inappropriate and inadequate for numerous patients, and when challenged regarding this major “negligence issue”, they “whitewash” the complete scenario!!
Here are just two horrendous stories of how this NHS Trust lets children down to the point of one dying, and one almost losing her life; the only reason this child did not lose her life, was the fact of her parents’ realisation of the inadequacy, incompetence and negligence of this hospital, which led to them taking their daughter to another hospital, just in the nick of time!!
Just before I end this horrific regalia of events, there is another factor, that came to my attention, almost by default, and one which I investigated further, to discover to my horror, that it was indeed true that Yeovil District Hospital actually falsifies the records of patients, to cover up their own deceit and inadequacy. This I know is hard to believe, but believe me when I say, I have been shown first hand evidence of this disgraceful, and potentially lethal area of misconduct.
There are so many accounts; this only covers the tip of the iceberg, of the appalling, unbelievable incidents and occurrences which are a daily event within this hospital.
In concluding this article, I have to reluctantly not include all the tales of horror I have been told around the disgraceful, to say the absolute least, conduct, inefficiency, and mal practice of this NHS Trust, where the dirty secrets, as with other NHS hospitals, have until now been swept under the carpet, in a world where the loudest voice to be heard, is that of cold hard cash, and those who do not have it, are “thrown out with the bath water”, and the higher echelons of staff “eat Caviar” in the smug knowledge they will rarely, if ever be challenged. I challenge them now, and I know they have no answer to give!
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