Tit-for-tat over hospital report is unhealthy for the public

Tit-for-tat over hospital report is unhealthy for the public

Tit-for-tat over hospital report is unhealthy for the public

First published in News

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.

  • Our top stories:

Cyclists warned: Don't be dimwits

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

BIKE safety campaigners have warned that cyclists are risking their lives, after an Oxford Mail survey found more than half of them were riding without lights.

Extra hour tonight! Celebrate with top bands at unique Oxford gig

Oxford Mail:

1:40pm Saturday 25th October 2014

With an extra hour to enjoy - or recover with - tonight is the perfect night to celebrate one of Oxford's biggest nights of music

FOOTBALL: Rose wants to keep Oxford United climbing

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

Danny Rose is targeting a move into mid-table today as Oxford United visit Carlisle United in search of a third win in eight days.

Shhh... silent film is a reel hit with movie buffs

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

FILM buffs were given a taste of how movies used to be watched as they turned out for a silent screening in Witney.

Update: Oxford University student Isobel Priest is found safe and well

Oxford Mail:

8:49am Saturday 25th October 2014

Police have said the 21-year-old Oxford University student who was reported missing has been found safe and well.

Runaway emu killed after crash with car

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:40am Saturday 25th October 2014

AN EMU escaped from a garden in Boar’s Hill and died after being hit by a car, Thames Valley Police said yesterday.

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

5:34pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Maybe, with the permission of OUH, "The Oxford Mail" could do an independent review?

On TV they use little swabs and a bacteria checking device - perhaps the County Council or local company can lend one to a OM journalist?
Maybe, with the permission of OUH, "The Oxford Mail" could do an independent review? On TV they use little swabs and a bacteria checking device - perhaps the County Council or local company can lend one to a OM journalist? Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 0

6:03pm Tue 1 Jul 14

The New Private Eye says...

It is hardly surprising when the cleaning is done by a bunch of Third World Immigrants on minimum wage. Bring back The NHS into the public domain, and stop outsourcing everything except the treatment.
It is hardly surprising when the cleaning is done by a bunch of Third World Immigrants on minimum wage. Bring back The NHS into the public domain, and stop outsourcing everything except the treatment. The New Private Eye
  • Score: 3

7:26pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

The New Private Eye wrote:
It is hardly surprising when the cleaning is done by a bunch of Third World Immigrants on minimum wage. Bring back The NHS into the public domain, and stop outsourcing everything except the treatment.
Are there a lot of Swiss people working as cleaners at OUH?

Shouldn't mock...

When Scotland leaves the UK later this year, they won't be a member of NATO either - so much of my family will be living in a third world nation...
[quote][p][bold]The New Private Eye[/bold] wrote: It is hardly surprising when the cleaning is done by a bunch of Third World Immigrants on minimum wage. Bring back The NHS into the public domain, and stop outsourcing everything except the treatment.[/p][/quote]Are there a lot of Swiss people working as cleaners at OUH? Shouldn't mock... When Scotland leaves the UK later this year, they won't be a member of NATO either - so much of my family will be living in a third world nation... Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: -1

10:28am Wed 2 Jul 14

John Lamb says...

Their triage nurses are also some of the most unhelpful and snotty people I have encountered in the NHS, I'm sorry to say.
Their triage nurses are also some of the most unhelpful and snotty people I have encountered in the NHS, I'm sorry to say. John Lamb
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree