The Keogh Inquiry
During investigations at Staffordshire Hospital, findings revealed serious failures of care, cases of unnecessary suffering of patients and higher than average mortality rates. Five other hospitals are also being investigated regarding their unnecessary death rates and poor nursing. Following these findings, Sir Bruce Keogh, England’s NHS Medical Director, has started an inquiry. Keogh’s inquiry looks at different cases where there has been unnecessary deaths and a lack of quality nursing. This report looks at the different recommendations that have been made to improve the NHS put in place by Keogh and looks at what has happened since Staffordshire regarding resignations, blame and public opinion.
Patient groups are angry as there has been no prosecutions or resignations since the Staffordshire scandal. Katherine Murphy of the Patients Association quoted “It is deeply disturbing nurses fear the door is open for another tragedy on the scale of Mid Staffs. It is vital politicians listen and ensure they provide the tools nurses need to provide a safe level of care to patients.” The families of the patients who have died or have received poor quality care, are understandably angry and have lost faith in the NHS. NHS staff (front line nurses) feel like that the is blame aimed at them, as they are given targets to hit, which are impossible to achieve as well as first class care. Also, front line nurses warn that this could happen again due to lack of staff, cuts and the rationing of front line services.
Following the Keogh Review, the current set of regulations are to be revised. This will include a call for greater regulation of NHS managers and an overhaul of training for nurses and unqualified health care assistants. Also, changes to the supervision and regulation of health care are required to protect patients and to respond to public anger about the scandal, which has drained confidence in...
Bibliography: The Keogh Mortality Review (http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/bruce-keogh-review/Pages/hospitals-under-investigation.aspx)
Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust Should Be Dissolved (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-23508096)
Mid Staffs Hospital Scandal: The Essential Guide (http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/feb/06/mid-staffs-hospital-scandal-guide)
The Keogh Mortality Review (http://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/bruce-keogh-review/Pages/Overview.aspx)
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