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Friday, March 30, 2007

Fewer than half of NHS staff would be happy to be a patient in their own hospital. - A pretty damning indictment...

Staff wouldn't be treated at their own hospital - Telegraph


"Fewer than half of NHS staff members would be happy to be a patient at their own hospital, according to an official survey by the health service regulator.

More than a quarter, 27 per cent, said they disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement: "I would be happy with the standards of care provided if I was a patient in my trust".

Only 34 per cent said they would be happy to be treated, five per cent would be "very" happy with the prospect and 33 per cent could not decide.

The survey of 128,000 NHS staff in 326 trusts in England responded to the questionnaire from the Healthcare Commission, seeking information on how working conditions and the NHS could be improved.

Asked if their trusts put patients as the "top priority", fewer than half agreed and more than a quarter (26 per cent) said patients were not the top priority."

I have pointed out previously in this blog that patients are not a priority in the NHS, but for the staff actually to agree with me on this is surely a damning indictment...)o:

Further extract:

"In the fight against hospital super bugs little changed over a year. Nearly a third, 31 per cent, said hot water, soap, hand towels or alcohol rub were not always available, compared with 32 per cent a year before."

Not much progress there then...)o:

Further extract:

"The organisation NHS Employers said staff had a "positive" view of working in the NHS but there were improvements to be made.

"In comparison with many organisations, satisfaction with the NHS as an employer is still good, but we need to work hard locally and nationally to make sure the NHS remains a place people want to work," said Alastair Henderson, the deputy director."

The main aim should be satisfaction with the NHS by the PATIENTS! - But they are increasingly fearful of going into hospital because of poor hygiene and inadequate cleaning, apart from the many other deficiencies in the service.