It has now come to light that there has been over 15,000 more deaths than anticipated between 2011 and 2016.
There are various reasons behind these shockingly high numbers of deaths, for example, low numbers of doctors available per bed and high demand of patients requiring admission.
Professor Sir Brian Jarman has said that: “over the last 25 years in England we have doubled the number of admissions and we have halved the number of beds. If we cut more beds – and particularly if we cut the beds without proving that we have got adequate care in the community – I think that’s an extremely dangerous way to run a health service. ”
It appears that the situation is considered to be particularly appalling during the winter months due to the overcrowding in the Hospitals. However, Trusts with the highest numbers of deaths have attempted to substantially improve the care and treatment that is provided to the patients within the first 24 to 36 hours following their admission to Hospital. The success of this will, of course, have to be measured at a later date.
Dr Chris Moulton, vice-president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine has commented that: “The figures show that there really is a postcode lottery. If you live in some parts of England your chance of dying if you are admitted to Hospital with the same condition are much higher than others.”
We consider this unacceptable and an issue that needs to be addressed immediately as patient lives should not be endangered due to a small/large amount of population within the area or any other reason really. The main reason for the increase in the number of deaths across England appears to be lack of staff. This we also consider to be unreasonable as the NHS should be able to employ enough staff to care for patients. This, however, in reality appears not to be happening mainly due to funding issues.
Some Trusts appear to blame patients themselves for being in quite a serious state upon admission. This is, of course, considered unreasonable as regardless of the patient’s state, the medical practitioners are expected to do the best they can to treat individuals adequately.
Another contributing factor is the funding issue. The issue with the funding of the NHS Trusts have been raised on numerous occasions but to date it appears that the Government does not really know how to realistically address the issue and prevent the current, quite tragic, situation from worsening in the upcoming months or years.
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