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Patient care must be
the primary target

Telegraph [UK], by Editorial

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/6/2013 7:58:14 AM

Sensible goals are helpful, but they become a menace when meeting them is treated as the only criterion of success. The neglect, cruelty and incompetence that characterised the way that so many patients at Stafford hospital were treated by its staff has been catalogued by Robert Francis’s inquiry, as we report today. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, is correct when he states that what happened in that hospital was “simply not worthy of a civilised country”. The inquiry shows that the dismal, indeed lethal, performance was in large part a consequence of the way the Mid Staffordshire NHS

Comments:
Absolutely shocking, stunning--and quite possibly to be seen in parts of this country as states are given goals and targets to meet. There are several reports in the T today, all linked from this article and another I´ll be posting in a few minutes.

We must all be on guard to make sure bonuses for meeting targets do not become the driving force behind medical treatment and management policy decisions.

      


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