Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Failing hospital 'caused deaths'

A hospital's "appalling" emergency care resulted in patients dying needlessly, the NHS watchdog has said.

About 400 more people died at Mid Staffordshire Hospital between 2005 and 2008 than would be expected, the Healthcare Commission said. It said there were deficiencies at "virtually every stage" of emergency care and said managers pursued targets at the detriment of patient care.

Health Secretary Alan Johnson has launched an inquiry.

The trust's chairman Toni Brisby and chief executive Martin Yeates resigned earlier this month. Mid Staffordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said at the time that they had stepped down "to enable the trust to build on the considerable improvements that have been made over the past 18 months".
Another enquiry? That'll fix it.

Source: BBC


AntiCitizenOne said...

"Learnt lessons be will" rearrange.

Houdini said...

Those who resigned will have pensions. No-one will be disciplined properly, and the lessons will only be learnt, AGAIN, until the media lose interest.

If this was a private company there would be mass sackings, the place would be shut down, and there would be charges of corporate manslaughter, and this is what is needed here.

Linda said...

Is the hospital where patients had to drink water from vases when thirsty as the nurses didn't have time to fetch them a drink?

I read a report earlier in the week on it.

Mark Wadsworth said...

DR, yup, that's the one. Or one of them at least...