Lancashire Telegraph'Don't tarnish staff' warning over East Lancashire hospitals review (From Lancashire Telegraph)

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'Don't tarnish staff' warning over East Lancashire hospitals review

AN MP says the government should learn from the Keogh review into hospitals and not use it to ‘tarnish’ staff.

Graham Jones, who represents Hyndburn and Haslingden, said: “The vast majority of doctors and nurses working in the NHS perform to a very high standard day in, day out, but everyone in the country will be worried that some hospitals are letting people down.”

The five-month Keogh investigation highlighted severe failings at the East Lancashire NHS Hospitals Trust, one of 11 in the UK put into ‘special measures’ because of high mortality rates. Mr Jones criticised the government for a ‘top-down reorganisation’ of A&E departments, which he said was responsible for low staffing levels.

He said: “Sir Bruce Keogh’s excellent and important report found ‘frequent examples of inadequate numbers of nursing staff’.

“David Cameron promised ‘I'll cut the deficit, not the NHS’. He went round hospitals promising patients he would save A&Es from closure. And what happened? The deficit went up last year while over 4,000 nurses have been cut.

“Labour rebuilt and reformed the NHS, with more nurses, more doctors, more operations, shorter waiting times and over 100 new hospitals.”

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3:30pm Mon 5 Aug 13

shytalk says...

People are sensible enough to know that the staff are not to blame for the problems with the NHS.
People are sensible enough to know that the staff are not to blame for the problems with the NHS. shytalk
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3:43pm Mon 5 Aug 13

mavrick says...

Sadly some staff are lacking, however nobody blames the staff for the mess, I can't understand why the man at the top is still there, the problem is obvious to everybody, you can not recruit and retain top staff on short term contracts.
we need to work with management we can trust. sadly we can't trust the people who got us into this mess. Time for a proper clear out and rebuild.
Sadly some staff are lacking, however nobody blames the staff for the mess, I can't understand why the man at the top is still there, the problem is obvious to everybody, you can not recruit and retain top staff on short term contracts. we need to work with management we can trust. sadly we can't trust the people who got us into this mess. Time for a proper clear out and rebuild. mavrick
  • Score: 2

5:46pm Mon 5 Aug 13

vicn1956 says...

Why do people put faith in what Cameron or indeed any politician promises. I've known more governments than I care to remember and nothing ever changes!
Why do people put faith in what Cameron or indeed any politician promises. I've known more governments than I care to remember and nothing ever changes! vicn1956
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