Friday, December 14, 2007

Hospital 'fines' for patient harm

What madness is this? "Hospitals should be fined if they harm patients, the government's chief medical officer has proposed."

So a hospital is struggling to control infections, get its procedures and care right and so on - so what can be done to help them? The most important thing not to do is take away money (i.e. staff) from them. They need support, guidance and help, not hindrance, penalties and fines.

Perhaps a hospital failing on its infection targets should get rid of a few nurses and cut back on cleaning? This is in effect what the government is suggesting. If anyone thinks this is a good idea please let me know...


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