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

Oxford Mail: Tit-for-tat over hospital report is unhealthy for the public Tit-for-tat over hospital report is unhealthy for the public

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.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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