The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has warned 50 large hospitals providing Accident and Emergency services that they are putting patients at risk by not adhering to the basic care standards. The Labour party has responded to the news by instructing its MPs to attack David Cameron’s record on the NHS.
Some common scenes found during inspection are – nurses not responding to patients when they call for assistance (often because their call buttons have been put out of reach and they either bang something on a surface or shout out), staff being rude and patronising and doctors agreeing to putting DNR (do not resuscitate) on patients’ notes, without they or their relatives knowing.
In the wake of the scandal of Stafford Hospital, where up to 1,200 people died unnecessarily, the government has said it is beefing up the CQC – whose role has also been severely criticised – in an effort to do away with “sub-standard care in hospitals”. The coalition has also created a new post of Chief Inspector of Hospitals.
The CQC found that people were not getting the care they have a right to expect, so they gave the hospitals deadlines for improvement. They were constantly monitored and changed their approach to inspecting hospitals.
One of Labour’s shadow health ministers, Andrew Gwynne claims that his Ministry has repeatedly warned ministers about the crisis in A&E departments but they were never acted upon. This reaffirmed the fact that David Cameron could not be trusted with the NHS. Another shadow health minister Jamie Reed also reconfirms the same and continues with the blame game.