Thursday, January 31, 2013

NHS Master Plan:Unbelievable Mid Staffordshire!

Did things just happen or was there a master plan?

The NHS has been subjected to reform, re-reform and re-re-reform over a number of years with little actual improvement in clinical care to patients. Yet the bonus culture has led to side effects that were normally the domain of bankers and financiers.

But when you have such Pavlovian salivating dog being in charge of Hospitals and Health Care, the outcome would have been predictable.

As we have seen, banks failed and yet there is money to rescue them, our money. When NHS Hospitals fail, it is a sure way to persuade the general public to accept private providers.

But why are we able to promote NHS as a quality brand in places like Dubai?

Unbelievable! Unbelievable! Unbelievable!

In a previous post:
Mid-Staffordshire: Unbelievable! Unbelievable! Unbelievable!
I mentioned the film Rashomon. Here is how it ended:

“As the film ends an abandoned baby could be heard crying as the rain stopped. The priest who was probably going to kill himself for how bad the world has become regained his faith in humanity when the woodcutter offered to look after the baby.

He had 6 children and he was struggling; but he decided to keep the abandoned baby as one more would not have made his life any more difficult.”

Are we going to have a similar ending: one of hope, hope for humanity.

An unprecedented array of key figures in the NHS will be castigated next week in the hard-hitting final report of a public inquiry into who caused – or failed to prevent – the Mid Staffordshire healthcare scandal. Between 400 and 1,200 people died unnecessarily as a result of treatment at Stafford hospital between January 2005 and March 2009.
The report by Robert Francis QC, who chaired an inquiry lasting more than two years, should help grieving relatives understand why poor care went unchecked for so long. But it will be devastating for the NHS, and a large number of managers, health professionals and regulators will be criticised for their role in the worst hospital scandal in recent memory.
They will be accused of incompetence, misjudgment and not responding properly to evidence that patients' safety was at risk from neglect, too few staff and sometimes inhuman care.
Francis's report was delayed in October after he sent warning letters to 20 individuals or organisations. According to sources close to the inquiry, the letters set out privately and in advance the criticisms he intended to make publicly in his final report and the evidence on which he had based his conclusions.
Many recipients, who were among the 164 witnesses who gave evidence during 139 days of hearings over 37 weeks between November 2010 and December 2011, sought legal advice before replying.
"Nobody in the NHS will emerge from Francis with any credit, I think – from the most senior NHS leaders to everyone at the hospital itself," said Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, who had core participant status at the inquiry.
"I hope the report is wide-ranging, in-depth and unsparing in explaining why these things happened and why NHS regulation failed so abysmally and why senior NHS figures behaved as they did."
Would that include Martin Yeates?

Mr Yeates, who resigned with a pay-off of more than £400,000 and a £1 million pension pot from Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, told the inquiry he was too ill to appear in person.
Bereaved families said they were appalled to learn that Mr Yeates has now taken a job as chief executive of a health charity, Impact Alcohol and Addiction Services, which hold contracts with the NHS.

Unbelievable! Unbelievable! Unbelievable!

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