Murderers To Concentrate On Flower Arranging
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Flower arranging classes for ulcer patients, water-powered air conditioning for hospitals and instructions to doctors on using the correct bin – all are key elements of a greener future for the National Health Service to be set out today.
Health service managers will be handed a "route map" laying out some of the measures they need to take to meet the government's greenhouse gas targets
Meanwhile in the real world Traction Man points out:
Two patients a day die in our hospitals for want of a drink of water. According to figures released by the National Office of Statistics and reported in the Daily Mail, some 800 patients die of dehydration in our hospitals every year.
The figures for deaths through malnutrition in our hospitals stand at 284 in 2008, that’s up from 175 deaths recorded back in 1997. And those figures are just the officially recorded cause of death. The true figures may never be known but we do know that a large number of elderly patients have their health impacted by poor nutrition.
As with dehydration, some of these figures could include people who had serious illnesses such as stomach cancer – meaning not all the cases are necessarily due to neglect.
Rhonda Smith, of malnutrition charity Bapen, said the death certificates massively underestimated the true extent of the problem – and that the real figure ran into thousands a year.
If these official statistics are true, then the NHS is owning up to more than 1000 people dying every year in our hospitals through lack of food or fluids. Unfortunately, unlike road deaths, where enormous sums of money are spent on speed cameras and other traffic calming measures, little appears to be done to address these entirely avoidable deaths.
There’s no other way of saying this… deaths caused in our hospitals through neglect in feeding and hydration need to be made a serious offence. It’s nothing short of state sponsored murder when patients die of thirst or hunger. Until someone takes responsibility and is jailed for this, patients will continue to die needlessly.
The statistics also showed that 3,627 patients died with C. difficile in 2009, up from just 457 in 1999; and 671 died having contracted its fellow superbug MRSA – three times the number when Labour came to power.
These numbers are probably a massive underestimate because people are not always tested for the bugs and the result is not always entered on death certificates.
In 2009, 604 patients died with crippling pressure ulcers – bedsores – which are entirely avoidable if nurses ensure patients are turned in bed regularly.