Mid Staffordshire NHS hospital ‘routinely neglected’ patients | Mail Online

 

http://www.weaselzippers.net/blog/2010/02/deathcare-british-national-health-service-scandalup-to-1200-patients-died-unnecessarilypatients-rout.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1253438/Mid-Staffordshire-NHS-hospital-routinely-neglected-patients.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8535812.stm
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/feb/25/mid-staffordshire-nhs-trust

Arguments over this independent inquiry got strong comments between two or three bloggers in the U.S. and Australia. Americans who favor private health-care providers look at this hospital’s example of socialized health-care, and it looks like what you can expect from the most corrupt privatized system, where profit is more important than health-care.

Aussies favor their system, because it doesn’t seem to be controlled by the Global mob-bosses yet. Canada’s system used to be good when it first came about under Pierre Trudeau. I think that the biggest damage done to any country’s socialized system from the cutbacks, is the effect it has on workers’ attitudes. It resulted in attitude problems of workers in hospitals and long-term care institutions, and the rise of saviours in the Duty-to-Die network.

An effective method to silence the Duty-to-Die cult is to get rid of the Global mob-boss control of the health-care industry. I think people should see a difference between the “health-care industry”, and the “health-care profession”. In the latter, you have people who are motivated to save life and alleviate pain, but big business has gotten its nose in where it doesn’t belong.

The Robert Francis Report has alot of ammunition to use, which everybody should not let go to a back-burner any time soon. This report only covers one medical hell-hole, and 800-1200 unnecessary deaths in one hospital is only the beginning. I hope that this expose at the Stafford General Hospital in UK results in investigations of every major hospital in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

“Former chief executive Martin Yeates, who has since left with a £1million pension pot, six months’ salary and a reported £400,000 payoff, did not even give evidence to the inquiry which detailed the scale of the scandal yesterday.

He was said to be medically unfit to do so, though he sent some information to chairman Robert Francis through his solicitor.”

Here we go!—Mr. mob-boss was too medically unfit to give testimony. Well, I’ve got a remedy for his poor health. He’s costing tax-payers too much to maintain his pension, all his benefits and health-care costs. Not only that, he’s sitting down there in Egypt.—Obviously part of the Global-elite family!

All that money he’s living on is money from England’s economy. Just look at all the money this social pig is wasting, which could be better spent on combatting poverty in England. Feed this worthless trash to the Duty-to-Die cult, and good riddance to a “useless eater”!

“Patients were left unwashed in their own filth for up to a month as nurses ignored their requests to use the toilet or change their sheets;”

When my wife had to move into long-term with Cystic-Fibrosis where I am, after she recovered from a lung-hemorrhage in October 2003, she lost a good portion of her lung-function. Doctors had to seal the area of her lung, and from then on she was in a wheelchair and used it to walk behind in the hospital.

Nancy realized that she only had a certain amount of energy, and like me, although I don’t have Cystic-Fibrosis, I have to conserve energy to do things I can do. That’s why we need home-care workers if we lived outside the hospital, and the help of PA’s, if we’re living here.

Many times I asked the head-nurse to arrange somebody to help Nancy two-three times a week to clean up her area, instead of letting everything build up to a junkyard status. They refused that kind of arrangement, and would just belly-ache and blame Nancy for months what a mess her place was in. Then, three or four times a year, somebody would help clean up the mess.

The house-keeper refused to empty the trash, if a single thing was on the floor. When the floor was over-flowing with trash, the staff would belly-ache what a mess Nancy made, when alot of the trash was from the nurses. They thought nothing of chucking all the plastics from syringes, aerosols or cam-strips on the floor.—But look what a mess Nancy made.

Nancy needed a comode in the room, although the head-nurse demanded that Nancy not use it during the day, unless she couldn’t come out of the room. If she went to the recreation room, and went straight back to the room instead of the washroom, they refused to empty the comode. No matter how many meetings I had with them about stuff, they didn’t give a shit.

One night in 2004 the smell was so strong from the comode never being emptied, that I had to go and locate the supervisor. When he went to the floor, he went by the comode and ordered them to empty it that night. Another time, I finally dragged that thing and stuck it in the nurse’s station so they could get a good whiff of it.

The head-nurses were more worried about the poor nurses and PA’s feeeeeeeeeeling that they were just being used.—And they felt like they were being treated like slaves. One thing I’ll say about these long-term care places, is alot of workers seem to love the feeling that they are being abused, not respected, and on-and-on it goes.

Nancy died in January 2006, and things have improved after a few other situations, but I think everybody needs to get involved to stop corporate mob-bosses from controlling our governments, and health-care. Profit-making should not be the priority of any health-care system, whether it be private-based or socialized.

“Wards were left filthy with blood, discarded needles and used dressings while bullying managers made whistleblowers too frightened to come forward.”

This reminds me of a meeting which took place in 1996, of house-keeping workers at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. Shhhhhhh!—Don’t tell anybody! I’m just a patient, and I’m not supposed to know these things. So, shhhhhhhhh! The chief of house-keeping explained to the workers that they weren’t supposed to do anything in the rooms, unless they “saw anything” which needed to be done.

Their jobs were to mainly just sweep and mop floors, clean toilets and sinks.—And, alot of house-keepers specialize in not seeing anything. When I was living in an apartment, I used to know a guy who did night-shift in the OR at the RVH. He told me (‘97) that the evening shift before him, would drag their feet and leave most of his job to him.

When he mentioned it to his overseer, he got reprimanded for complaining. He also let me know another time how three months had gone by, and nobody had been given the job to clean alot of blood stains and other stuff on the wall clearly visible to anyone. So, it’s obvious that there is a general trend and people need to demand investigations of every hospital.

“He told MPs the Government was belatedly working on plans to ‘strike off’ hospital managers responsible for failures. The hospital could also lose its cherished foundation status.”

It’s time to round them up, and that big baby sitting in Egypt or wherever he is, and sentence them to 20 years without parole.

Aside from that, regardless of what the big-bosses did, the nurses and PA’s responsible for the sickening conditions refusing to help patients do whatever needs to be done, mouthing patients off, and all the stuff which is pretty universal in these places, deserve any verbal or physical abuse they earn.

Where I am, it seems that situations are once again going to improve, after a meeting yesterday. At this long-term care unit, situations started sliding back to how situations were a few years ago. But this time, administration is going to have a psychologist learn and counsel both sides of rocky and volatile situations between staff and patients.

It can work at any hospital or long-term care institution, because administration want:

  • a safe environment for their workers to do their job
  • patients need help to do things without belly-aching nurses or PA’s who refuse to do things

It’s that simple!

 

Mid Staffordshire NHS hospital ‘routinely neglected’ patients | Mail Online

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About Ironsides

I was born in 1951 with Arthrogryposis, developed scoliosis at ten years old, but travelled alot and worked in several countries with a religious cult. All my adult life I have had to live with others, and after three respiratory-failures I had to move into a long-term care institution.
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