A&E Services Criticised

A government report into accident and emergency departments criticises the standard of care given to patients.

The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death looked at 1,000 deaths of patients who died within one week of attending an accident and emergency department.  It found that, despite government targets, 40% of those patients were not seen by a senior doctor within 12 hours.

The enquiry found that many assessments were carried out by junior doctors who were unable to recognise critically ill patients or instigate appropriate treatment.

Among the findings were that in 53% of cases the notes made by doctors were very poor and that in 7% of cases the assessment of a patient was poor or unacceptable.

The report recommends further training for junior doctors, and that an experienced doctor assesses all emergency admissions.

If you have suffered as a result of poor care at a hospital, we may be able to help.  Telephone our nurse advisors on 0800 321 3112 for further details.

Posted 11th October 2007 | Posted in News,Uncategorised