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Monday
Jul052010

No More Early Releases for Hospital Patients with the NHS

It has been disappointing to read the figures concerning the National Health Service while Labour was in power.  One document I read about recently stated that the number of managers in the NHS had gone up by 84% during that time.

Another startling figure I was not aware of referred to the number of people who had been treated and released early, only to be readmitted very soon afterwards.  Apparently the figure went up by 50% during Labour’s time in power.

Now the new government is issuing measures to cut down on paperwork, free up nurses to actually care for patients and also hold hospitals accountable if they should release people early only to readmit them later on.

Andrew Lansley has taken the post of Health Secretary and he is obviously keen to make wide and sweeping changes in his first few days and weeks in the post.  Most of us know the NHS is in dire need of such changes, and the thought of less paperwork and more care will make us all glad.  Hopefully the changes regarding the early release of patients will also be taken to heart, and less people will be sent home early regardless of the treatment and care they have received while they were in hospital.

This is an interesting time as we see how the new government tackles the problems that run deep in the NHS.  But personally I think they have made a good start, and I will be interested to see how they progress from here.

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