Hospitals don't bother to inform patients' relatives when they are about to be discharged, according to Healthwatch England reporting a year long survey in July 21 2015 (http://www.healthwatch.co.uk/safely-home). It's a major factor, the charity says, in the one million readmissions to hospital within 30 days of discharge in 2014 - causing avoidable significant harm and suffering to thousands of people every day.
It's a point I was able to make in an article in the Daily Mail in March 2015: The patients whose lives are put at risk by hospitals sending them home too soon. And it's just one of several examples of shockingly poor routine care in the NHS today - which lays this excellent institution open to accusations of zombie-like lack of compassion as well making a myth out of claims that healthcare today is evidence-based. What does it matter if the drug the patient is taking has been tested when patients are neglected so flagrantly?
Here's just a few examples of substandard care that I have written about recently:
Sepsis is easy to treat so: Why aren’t ALL doctors trained to spot sepsis, the killer which claims 37,000 lives a year
Why are so many broken bones being missed in A&E and thousands of patients being sent home in agony with just a paracetamol?
How thousands are sent home with aspirin for a faulty heartbeat - and risk a crippling stroke
My view on what counts in healthcare
Health risks of MedApps – How I helped MHRA to do its Job
How I helped to MHRA to police Health Apps If you Googled ‘skin cancer’ two weeks ago, you may have found a health app, Mole Detective, on Google Play that Read more…
Do we really need a reporters’ guide to rheumatoid arthritis?
As far as I know, RA is a disease with well-established therapy that is becoming increasingly uncommon – and am curious to know the rationale for paid-for publication in a Read more…
A way forward for quality peer review
July 31, 2014, BMJ
Blind faith that the publication of medical research in peer reviewed journals elevates a study to the status of “the evidence,” and therefore “the truth,” may be on the wane among those in the know. But for the public, and a vast number of doctors, this “naïve and misplaced” credulousness persists.
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