THE John Radcliffe Hospital has been rated one of the worst hospitals in England for cleanliness and that has to be a cause for concern.
However, again, we have the Oxford University Hospitals Trust disputing the findings of a Government body.
The Government has scored hospitals on seven standards – including clostridium difficile and MRSA cases – under new safety ratings and come up with what on the face of it is a damning finding.
Yet trust chief executive Sir Jonathan Michael has released figures showing a decline in the cases of those infections and says the picture painted is not one of the hospital that he recognises.
We’ve been here before though, where the Government says one thing and the OUHT another.
The real problem is the public are left in the middle, unable to properly determine if this is another case of unreasonable central Government targets and standards or an overly-sensitive hospital trust that refuses to acknowledge when it makes mistakes.
The Government and the trusts have to get together and come to some agreed system of scrutiny across all fields so that the public and patients can look at these reports and be certain of their accuracy, otherwise the whole system is rendered pointless.
4:01pm Sunday 4th October 2015
TRAFFIC is heavy on the A34 between the Wendlebury interchange and Pear Tree Roundabout after an earlier crash.
8:30am Saturday 3rd October 2015
A YOUNG woman who fell in the river after a seizure on her way to work has thanked two boaters for saving her life.
12:26pm Saturday 3rd October 2015
An e-fit has been released today of a man police want to speak to after two children were sexually assaulted in Harwell.
11:45am Saturday 3rd October 2015
A woman was taken to hospital after a car and lorry crashed on the Eastern Bypass.
9:00am Saturday 3rd October 2015
PROTESTERS against a development that would double the size of Woodstock have said the war is still on.
8:00am Saturday 3rd October 2015
OXFORDSHIRE’S hospitals must keep driving up standards despite being awarded a national vote of confidence by the health sector regulator.