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roger

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Hospitals have turned into 'factories'
« on: December 06, 2008, 04:58:09 pm »

Hospitals have turned into 'factories'
Leading think tank The King's Fund has branded hospitals as medical factories.

It says they churn patients through without treating them with enough kindness and respect with the problem being more with the way patients are treated than with medical care.

The respected organisation made the criticism as it launched a series or trials that aims to realign attitudes toward patients and fall in line with the Darzi report calling for a more personalised health service.

The report launched the think tank's Point of Care programme using analysis of previous research and interviews with patients and staff.

It highlighted the fact that while more than 90% of patients rate their care as good or better, many continued to raise concerns about the lack of respect, dignity and kindness they were shown.

Jocelyn Cornwell, director of the Point of Care programme, said: "As with any large organisation, there is a lack of personalisation in the service being provided.

"Staff come to work intending to provide the quality of care they would want for themselves and their families.

"But today's hospitals are vast, time is at a premium and in these busy medical factories care of the person can unfortunately get squeezed out."

London's Royal Free Hospital and Guy's and St Thomas' and King's College will be trialling new systems working with groups of patients and staff to redesign services.

Patient Concern agreed the NHS had become a "conveyor belt" though care services minister Phil Hope said steps were already being taken to improve the situation.
 
 
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Re: Hospitals have turned into 'factories'
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2008, 05:25:25 pm »

This takes the biscuit when it is the Kings fund which has been one of the organisations driving the corporate agenda to turn hospitals into factories. Our Hopsital has turned int a factory because Doctors and nursing have been forced to perform like a production line by funding cut backs that have left wards badly understaffed and more and more ward closures and there are hardly any beds left anyway. Hospitals are forced to look to busines by the Kings Fund and government and are using the Toyota care model to force through patients as fast as possible as the only way they get funded other wise they get no money.

Of course they have forced hopsitals to adopt the factory approach then they turn around and blame the health workers and use it as further justification to close even more hospitals and force Darzi vision through of corporate health clinics and a bare bones NHS service.  Maybe Darzi didn't say exactly that but he has not once complained once about the direction that  his reforms are actually being taken. We used to have some community services, yes they still exist to some extent but most of the funding is going on a huge growth in a "commissioner" infrastructure.  In the PCTs which were origninally set up to provide community care it is now a dirty word to be a NHS service. To be a good guy you must sit in offices "commissioning services" and "business managing" provider services. 
 
Anyway, let the battle commence and the "factory workers" fight to end their super exploitation and take hold of what belongs to them and the people and stop the NHS being used to pay the rich and take back what belongs to the society and invest in health.
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