Patients’ lives at risk in NHS hospital wards 'on brink of collapse'
Stephen AdamsSome hospitals narrowly avoid “catastrophe” every weekend, research by the Royal College of Physicians has found, because doctors’ shifts are limited by the European Working Time Directive and they do not want to work anti-social hours.
Some are “struggling to cope” with the volume of older patients. Many are discharged in the middle of the night or shunted around “like parcels” to free beds for new arrivals.
If the problem is not tackled there will be more tragedies like the Mid Staffs scandal, in which up to 1,200 mainly elderly patients died from substandard care. A radical reorganisation of the NHS is needed, according to the college. It may include shutting the worst-performing hospitals to expand care at better ones, with more staff coverage at nights and weekends.
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"Patients’ lives at risk in NHS hospital wards 'on brink of collapse'", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), septembre 2012. Consulté le 21/09/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/patients-lives-at-risk-in-nhs-hospital-wards-on-brink-of-collapse-