Skip to comments.Scandal of NHS 'production line'
Posted on 12/29/2011 7:10:11 PM PST by markomalley
The number of NHS patients who have to undergo emergency readmission to hospital within a month of being discharged has increased by more than three quarters in the last decade, the Daily Telegraph can disclose.
Hospitals have been accused by ministers of treating patients like parts on a production line after official figures suggested that hundreds of thousands of people every year are being sent home before they are well enough.
More than 660,000 people were brought back to hospital last year within 28 days of leaving, statistics show, sparking allegations that patients are being hurried through the system so the NHS can meet waiting-list targets.
The official figures show that some NHS trusts have seen their emergency readmission rate rise more than three-fold over the past decade while some hospitals have seen only a modest increase.
Last night, Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, said that the hugely distressing trend must stop.
Patients have a right to expect that when they go in for treatment that they are looked after properly and that the treatment they are given helps them to recover, he said.
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Coming soon to America under ObamaCare.
Remember, Tuesday is Soylent Green day!!
Do you suppose that’s there’s anybody at the NHS who realizes that this is the natural and predictable consequence of having a system where a patient represents an expense instead of a revenue source?
They’re making “protracted euthanasia” into an outpatient procedure. Saves lots of money. Hospitals are nicer places when there aren’t so many patients around.
Nope, they're going to blame it on the doctors and management.
Well said. I suggest the R candidates use the thought, if not the words. It'd be a great tagline, too.