Half of East Lancashire families say lack of respect for dying relatives

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Just over half of grieving East Lancashire families said their loved ones were always treated with respect by doctors and nurses during their final hours, new figures show.

Answering a national survey, just 48.2 per cent of families whose relative was treated by NHS Blackburn with Darwen said they were always treated with respect by doctors, while the same amount said they were always treated with respect by nurses too.

The National Survey of Bereaved People (Voices) survey also found that, in 2011/12, 55.8 per cent of families whose relative was treated by NHS East Lancashire said they were always treated with respect by doctors, while 48.7 per cent said they were always treated with respect by nurses.

Nationally, 57.9 per cent of grieving families said respect was always given by doctors, and by nurses in 49.9 per cent of cases - meaning NHS Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire performed below the national average.

Russ McClean, of East Lancashire Patient Voices group, said: “I’m a little distressed that this is happening across our patch.

“Of course death is a very emotive issue, and patients and their relatives are at their most vulnerable at that time of their life.

“Part of the problem is doctors and nurses are over-worked and under enormous pressure.

“There are a lot of people in hospitals, and I don’t think end of life care is as good as it can be.”

The survey also found doctors and nurses working in a hospice setting were more likely to remain respectful than those working in a hospital, although the sample size was significantly smaller, the Office of National Statistics said.

Mr McClean added: “Hospices are charities, and both of our clinical commisioning groups pump a lot of money into them, and I would really like to see more joined up care coming from all the agencies involved and more support. But it’s the old adage - it all boils down to money.

“Sometimes doctors and nurses can give that level of care in a hospital that they can give in a hospital. There just aren’t the resources.”

Meg Davey, deputy chief nurse and lead for patient experience at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The trust promotes dignity and respect for all patients, and has a ‘transforming end of life care’ programme which trains all staff to support the care of patients whose potential for recovery is uncertain.

“We are confident that this training will further help our staff; nurses, support staff and doctors when treating these patients.

“In addition, in our recent inpatient survey, 71.4 per cent of our patients said overall they were always treated with dignity and respect.”

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12:45pm Sat 29 Mar 14

jogalot says...

The headline says "Half of East Lancashire families say lack of respect for dying relatives"

That's not proper English and shows lack of respect for the intelligence of the readers, yet again. But it insinuates that half of Lancs families are not treated with respect. Yet in the article, there is nothing to support this allegation.

What are you trying to say, Lancashire Telegraph?

This is very lazy "journalism". I see it again and again. You must be paying really low wages or something if you are employing so many young kids who don't know the basics of the English language, and cannot write sensible articles but can only copy and paste from another source.
The headline says "Half of East Lancashire families say lack of respect for dying relatives" That's not proper English and shows lack of respect for the intelligence of the readers, yet again. But it insinuates that half of Lancs families are not treated with respect. Yet in the article, there is nothing to support this allegation. What are you trying to say, Lancashire Telegraph? This is very lazy "journalism". I see it again and again. You must be paying really low wages or something if you are employing so many young kids who don't know the basics of the English language, and cannot write sensible articles but can only copy and paste from another source. jogalot
  • Score: 7

2:09pm Sat 29 Mar 14

mavrick says...

It is this kind of underfunding that is playing straight into the Tories hands, They know the media will always publish the negatives which allows the government to simply point to the statistics. Sadly the LET is playing into their hands by printing unsubstantiated allegations that half of the patients families were not treated with respect. I have to say the media is doing a powerful destruction job on the NHS. The Panorama programme about fraud did not have any true figures to back up it's outrageous claims of losses of approx £5-7 Billion. Sorry I don't buy that. they never did any independent inquiries to establish the truth. The concerted effort to by the government to justify the reason to privatise the NHS is frightening. I have looked at all the establishments that have been privatised and they have simply cut jobs lowered wages and pensions. It is there for all too see, No amount of compassion in the NHS will save it, Direct action will.
It is this kind of underfunding that is playing straight into the Tories hands, They know the media will always publish the negatives which allows the government to simply point to the statistics. Sadly the LET is playing into their hands by printing unsubstantiated allegations that half of the patients families were not treated with respect. I have to say the media is doing a powerful destruction job on the NHS. The Panorama programme about fraud did not have any true figures to back up it's outrageous claims of losses of approx £5-7 Billion. Sorry I don't buy that. they never did any independent inquiries to establish the truth. The concerted effort to by the government to justify the reason to privatise the NHS is frightening. I have looked at all the establishments that have been privatised and they have simply cut jobs lowered wages and pensions. It is there for all too see, No amount of compassion in the NHS will save it, Direct action will. mavrick
  • Score: 3

4:29pm Sat 29 Mar 14

jogalot says...

Compassion and respect are needed but knowing true facts is also essential or they will 'divide and conquer'. With no left wing newspapers there is always that bias and even if Labour get in and the media give their views more airtime, it makes little difference because Labour have sold out long ago and we have a similar political system to the USA, ie 2 right wings. What you see in the USA eventually comes here, so private healthcare for the rich and the scrapheap for the rest is on its way. Perhaps some direct action will help in the short term but it is there for all to see that those in power do what they want and get away with it.

I think compassion and respect and all the good human values are needed more than ever. Tom Finney and Tony Benn, God bless them, were excellent role models of proper human beings and we are hard pressed to find their like today. You can't trust anything said in the media, by the government or by any public or private organisations or companies anymore. What has this world come to?

I'm not a historian so I don't know if there's a parallel with times gone by but I fear we may be in a Fascist state with nothing we can do about it if the lies and corruption carry on any longer.
Compassion and respect are needed but knowing true facts is also essential or they will 'divide and conquer'. With no left wing newspapers there is always that bias and even if Labour get in and the media give their views more airtime, it makes little difference because Labour have sold out long ago and we have a similar political system to the USA, ie 2 right wings. What you see in the USA eventually comes here, so private healthcare for the rich and the scrapheap for the rest is on its way. Perhaps some direct action will help in the short term but it is there for all to see that those in power do what they want and get away with it. I think compassion and respect and all the good human values are needed more than ever. Tom Finney and Tony Benn, God bless them, were excellent role models of proper human beings and we are hard pressed to find their like today. You can't trust anything said in the media, by the government or by any public or private organisations or companies anymore. What has this world come to? I'm not a historian so I don't know if there's a parallel with times gone by but I fear we may be in a Fascist state with nothing we can do about it if the lies and corruption carry on any longer. jogalot
  • Score: 4

8:53pm Sat 29 Mar 14

happycyclist says...

48.2% isn't 'just over half'.

The lack of respect accusation can also be extended to the people who scatter ashes at Pleasington cemetery, too. I was appalled to see a bloke in a hi-viz vest scatter my mother's ashes. He's lucky I didn't punch his lights out.
48.2% isn't 'just over half'. The lack of respect accusation can also be extended to the people who scatter ashes at Pleasington cemetery, too. I was appalled to see a bloke in a hi-viz vest scatter my mother's ashes. He's lucky I didn't punch his lights out. happycyclist
  • Score: 3

11:05am Thu 3 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

We will get a lot more respect when the nursing staff get it from THE SUITS who need thinning out with a vengeance and without delay
We will get a lot more respect when the nursing staff get it from THE SUITS who need thinning out with a vengeance and without delay ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 1

11:07am Thu 3 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

mavrick wrote:
It is this kind of underfunding that is playing straight into the Tories hands, They know the media will always publish the negatives which allows the government to simply point to the statistics. Sadly the LET is playing into their hands by printing unsubstantiated allegations that half of the patients families were not treated with respect. I have to say the media is doing a powerful destruction job on the NHS. The Panorama programme about fraud did not have any true figures to back up it's outrageous claims of losses of approx £5-7 Billion. Sorry I don't buy that. they never did any independent inquiries to establish the truth. The concerted effort to by the government to justify the reason to privatise the NHS is frightening. I have looked at all the establishments that have been privatised and they have simply cut jobs lowered wages and pensions. It is there for all too see, No amount of compassion in the NHS will save it, Direct action will.
Not forgetting all the asset stripping they do with extreme efficiency
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: It is this kind of underfunding that is playing straight into the Tories hands, They know the media will always publish the negatives which allows the government to simply point to the statistics. Sadly the LET is playing into their hands by printing unsubstantiated allegations that half of the patients families were not treated with respect. I have to say the media is doing a powerful destruction job on the NHS. The Panorama programme about fraud did not have any true figures to back up it's outrageous claims of losses of approx £5-7 Billion. Sorry I don't buy that. they never did any independent inquiries to establish the truth. The concerted effort to by the government to justify the reason to privatise the NHS is frightening. I have looked at all the establishments that have been privatised and they have simply cut jobs lowered wages and pensions. It is there for all too see, No amount of compassion in the NHS will save it, Direct action will.[/p][/quote]Not forgetting all the asset stripping they do with extreme efficiency ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 1

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