Thursday, October 15, 2009

Half of NHS Trusts are failing...

I've read in a few papers today that half of NHS trusts are failing.

It's to no great surprise to hear negative media coverage of the NHS as it's fair to say that it hasn't always been very successful. But it is surprising to know that almost half of the hospitals fail to meet the core standards of care. The Care Quality Commission has even gone as far to say that more than 40 of the health trusts are at risk of being refused licences to operate come April when they are up for renewal.

The article I read said that there had been improvements in areas such as; waiting times, tackling superbugs and controlling budgets but many are still failing on the basic requirements of good care. It's fantastic that they have improved in the areas that they have, but surely something like the basic requirements of good care is something that should always been well maintained? And is something that should come as a top priority?

The government has invested a lot of time and money into the NHS and still basic issues of hygiene, patient safety, staff training, and good care of patients are still troubling many of the failing hospitals. The NHS trusts that are not meeting standards won't warrant a licence so improvements need to be made.

It's certainly worrying to know that almost half of hospitals fail to meet requirements but it's reassuring to know that there is a regulator cracking down on the failing hospitals and offering little choice but to improve. Let's hope they do.

If you want to check out how your local NHS trust is performing, enter your postcode here at The Times newspaper website:

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