Basic hospital mistakes in England cost the NHS
up to £2.5bn a year, admits Health Minister.
NHS could afford to hire more nurses, if errors were cut out, according to Health Minister Jeremy Hunt’s calculations. During a speech in Birmingham he admitted costs were incurred through problems like medication errors, avoidable infections after surgery, pressure sores, etc.
And last year the NHS spent £1.3bn on pay-outs on litigation,countering poor care, etc., and Andrew Lansley’s massive re-organisation of the NHS is estimated to have cost about £10billion. Now there is widespread recognition that this was a massive waste, for no overall benefit – just extended waiting lists, more people forced to go privately, 6 months wait for a pain clinic appointment and so on.
A spokesman for the Royal College of Nursing said mistakes were the result of understaffed wards. The nurses were doing an excellent job, but no-one listened to them and what was needed. Now there are even less to point out what needs to be done. Continue reading
Struggling with NHS bureacracy zaps will to live
So reward yourself
Neom – one of my favourite brands, has come up with a lovely Body Oil. Just in time to calm me down after 2 days battling the NHS for check-ups.
And no snotty-nosed friend or nurse can possible object to it – the name says it all: Lavender, Jasmine and Brazilian Rosewood Body Oil. So if they say you shouldn’t use perfumed products, tell them Lavender was used as an antiseptic in military hospitals in WWI – so there!
As I smoothed this on after showers, it calmed me down. And boy, was I simmering. 24 hours spent going round-and-round the NHS system, when I suddently found I hadn’t received recommended annual post-cancer check-ups, had driven me crazy, NHS England sent me off to PALS, CCGs – and any organisation they could fob me off to. Continue reading
Lies, damned lies, and statistics“
Various people, incluing Winston Churchill, Mark Twain etc, have used this phrase to express disbelief in statistics and figures. And it sprang to mind when the NHS recently bombarded journalists with emails quoting a report issued by the Commonwealth Fund of America (weird title!).
The Fund’s website says it helps “people become more informed about their health care and improving care for vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, low-income families, minorities, and the uninsured” as it says on its website.
Remember this is directed at American people, whom the NHS always assure us live in drread of medical bills; they have to pay medical insurance, which according to friends is about what they paid in taxes in UK. Continue reading
Thanks to helpful NHS staff at http://www.mycancertreatment, they have sent me a brilliant website that states many of the major and minor side effects of our drugs.