Thursday, 26 May 2011

NHS Doctors forced to prescribe drinking water

Doctors are prescribing drinking water for neglected elderly patients to stop them dying of thirst in hospital. The measure – to remind nurses of the most basic necessity – is revealed in a damning report on pensioner care in NHS wards.

Andrew Lansley ordered the review by the CQC to put a quick end to poor patient care. The latest report – by the Care Quality Commission said three of 12 NHS trusts visited in the past three months were failing to meet the most basic standards required by law.

My comment: This case highlights what I have been saying about watchdogs such as the CQC and ombudsmen such as the Local Government Ombudsman for years. Why is Andrew Lansley ordering the body that's guilty of allowing this to happen in the first place to investigate a problem they and their predecessor should have put a stop to long ago. 

The CQC state on their own website that they regulate care provided by the NHS, local authorities. This case rather goes to prove they (together with all watchdogs and ombudsmen) are not fit for purpose because they obviously don't put a stop to wrongdoing. Enough of the bloody endless reports sort the problems out. I doubt any patient would accept that the CQC are regulating the NHS just as I doubt complainants would agree that the Local Government Ombudsman is having any impact on council wrongdoing. 

Message to the government, get rid of all toothless watchdogs and ombudsmen and create bodies with real teeth who can solve problems rather than just issue endless reports. Preferably not staffed by ex staff from the organisations they are supposed to be regulating. This further illustrates the problem.

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