Britain’s hospitals are failing to adequately care for patients according to a new official report.
The review follows the revelation in February that up to 1,200 people died amid shocking failings at Mid Staffordshire Hospital Foundation Trust. Receptionists were left to decide how quickly patients were seen in Accident and Emergency. Junior doctors at another trust described a “frightening” workload which left them responsible for up to 250 patients at weekends.
Special measures will now be put into place in 11 out of 14 national health service trusts, a move welcomed by the former head of the National Health Service (NHS), Roy Lilley: “People will worry about going into hospital, particularly if you have an elderly relative. And this has done a lot of damage to the reputation of the NHS. It’s a good day because it’s a wake up call. But it’s a bad day and it’s a shameful day for the NHS.”
The report concludes that poor staffing levels and a lack of oversight are to blame for the alarming high death rates that sparked the inquiry.