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article imageBritish Health Secretary claims failing NHS bosses will go

By Eileen Kersey     Jan 6, 2013 in Politics
As a report into failing standards, at one UK hospital trust, is about to be published, UK Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, claims that failing bosses in the NHS will go.
The National Health Service in the UK is currently facing reform. This is not the first time it has done so. The UK coalition government may have reined in some proposals, since the removal of Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, but hospital trusts and services face major reforms, as funding goes back into "the community". GPs, general practitioners, will now hold the purse strings and organise treatment for patients.
Jeremy Hunt, the current Health Secretary, has inherited issues such as Stafford Hospital, which stand accused of failings. Within months a report into care standards at that hospital is due to be published.
Today Hunt was speaking in the Telegraph about the scandal surrounding this hospital betraying the NHS. A two-year investigation has been taking place in relation to Stafford Hospital. Hunt will soon reveal the findings of that investigation.
So what does this scandal involve?
The claims date back to a period between 2005 and 2008, which was prior to the coalition government. In an effort to meet government targets, and win the coveted Foundation Trust status, nursing staff numbers and spending were cut. Hospitals still strive for Foundation Trust status and many fail to be awarded it.
It is claimed that due to these changes up to 1,200 patients died needlessly. One terrible story involved four generations of one family, Nyah Lintern, six-days-old, Laurie Gethin, 37, Tom Warriner, 48 and, Lillian Wood Latta, 80. According to the Telegraph,
Baby Nyah was not diagnosed with four holes in the heart - after a birth not attended by a midwife - and died at home in January 2007. Her aunt, Mrs Gethin died of lung, bone and lymph cancer. It had taken 18 months to be diagnosed, despite clear symptoms, and only been detected when she was scanned at another hospital. Mr Warriner died after his intestine was accidentally pierced in an operation for bowel cancer. Mrs Wood-Latta, 80, was hungry and dehydrated when she died after a stroke.
There were many others detailed in the report. The CQC, care quality commission, which checks hospital standards on a regular basis, lifted their concerns in July last year. Mortality rates at Stafford hospitals had dropped significantly, making them second best in the region,
To date no person or persons on the management team of Stafford hospitals has been held accountable. Jeremy Hunt maintains that this will change.
According to the
BBC Hunt said,
"Just as a manager wouldn't expect to keep their job if they lost control of their finances nor should they expect to keep it if they lose control of the care in their organisation either. And that means above all happy and motivated staff - something that is always a priority in successful NHS organisations or indeed any other organisation as well".
The two-year inquiry was carried out after the previous Labour government refused to hold a full public inquiry. An earlier independent investigation was held initially.
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