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At least Harold Shipman only killed 250

NHS hospital superbug outbreak kills 331 - Telegraph

Appalling standards of care and a catalogue of failures contributed to the deaths of 331 patients in the worst outbreak of a hospital superbug ever recorded in the NHS, a report has found.

Crowded wards, a shortage of nurses and financial problems led to 1,176 people contracting Clostridium difficile over two and half years at three hospitals in Kent.

Though the superbug was rife on the wards, managers failed to act. Isolation units were not set up, nurses were so rushed they did not have time to wash their hands and patients were left in soiled beds.

Bedpans were not decontaminated properly and beds were not cleaned as well as they should have been.

The health watchdog, the Healthcare Commission, concluded that the infection probably or definitely killed at least 90 patients and was a factor in the deaths of a further 241...

The report said some patients at the hospitals run by the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Hospital Trust should have made a full recovery from their initial illness. But they caught the bug and died. Police will determine if there are grounds for criminal charges.

In May 2004 the chief executive of the trust, Rose Gibb, told the BBC she had known about the cleanliness problem for six months. But by September last year the hospitals were in the grip of their second outbreak.

Ms Gibb resigned on Friday before the release of the report. The commission found cases where the patient probably died as a result of their C.diff infection but it was not mentioned on the death certificate.

Imagine if a private company killed that number and just bleated about a lack of money, would they be rewarded with barrow loads more dosh?

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I contracted MRSA courtesy of Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone NHS Trust. I am one of the lucky ones. I am alive to tell the tale.

It would be interesting to know how much the clearly incompetent Rose Gibb scored in her "severance" package - and where she is now.

I really think it is time for the victims' families to club together to pay for a 'hit' on Ms Gibb and her partner (also former head of another failing NHS Trust, also allegedly in receipt of another bumper 'golden goodbye').

We need to form local 'Star Chambers' that will dispense appropriate punishment to these shameless people who are former or current heads of failed or failing public service organizations.

As I believe Winston Churchill stated in one of his books I read years ago:

"Those who will not be constrained by love must be chained by fear."

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