Posted by: Witch Doctor | January 31, 2009

The wail of The Banshee in Westminster?


Do you think Mr Johnson and Lord Darzi are having a disagreement?

Or is Lord Darzi demonstrating his leadership skills?

Or have they both been reading our blog?

You don’t think so, My Black Cat……..

You just think common sense has got the better of them……

This is what Lard Darzi said last year on the subject of mixed sex wards:

“Last year, Health Minister Lord Darzi suggested that the pledge would never be met.

‘The only way we are going to have single-sex wards in the NHS is to build the whole of the NHS into single rooms.

‘It is not achievable in transforming a ward into a single-sex ward.’

Countries such as Thailand offer 100 per cent single-sex wards. But Lord Darzi said it was an ‘ aspiration that cannot be met’. “

This is what we said last week.

“Lord Darzi, don’t be negative. Just tell Mr Johnson we need more beds. Just tell him that 100% bed occupancy is a travesty both for patients and staff. Just tell him that many antibiotic resistant organisms regard crammed wards and overworked staff an ecological treasure trove.”

And now……..

No carrots.

Just sticks.

No mixed sex accommodation! Or else!

“From next year hospitals that treat patients in mixed sex accommodation will not be paid for their care, Health Secretary Alan Johnson announced today. These tough new penalties are part of a package of measures being introduced in a new drive to virtually eliminate mixed sex accommodation and ensure it doesn’t reappear.”

Now you’ve found a carrot too, My Black Cat?

A £100 million ringed fenced Privacy and Dignity Fund.

Chief Nursing Officer Christine Beasley is enthusiastic:

“We hope that by all but eliminating mixed sex accommodation we can dramatically improve patient experience”.

You don’t suppose, My Black Cat, this has precious little to do with Mixed Sex Wards or an Improved Patient Experience?

Do you suppose it may have a lot more to do with a realisation that the 10,000 or so beds they have had to cut in order to pay for PFI hospitals, has resulted in the spread of microorganisms that are much cleverer than the government or PFI companies.

Do you suppose it might also have a lot more to do with the fact that NHS staff could now go to jail for deaths due to these adroit little germs.

NHS staff who because of mortgages, shoes and mince, feel they are not in a position to say no – but are following a cost cutting chain of command, that originates from the government itself, resulting in the closure of wards and ever decreasing number of beds. All of this happening simultaneously with an increase in morbidity due an aging population.

What if a court decides it is not The Ward Manager, nor the Infection Control Nurse, nor the Infection Control Doctor, nor The Medical Director, nor The Chief Executive who should go to jail, but the one at the very top.

What if a Jury of The Commonfolks found a Health Minister guilty of neglect causing deaths from Cl difficile and MRSA.

What if they are now hearing The Wail of The Banshee?

My, that would be a turn-up for the books.

Wouldn’t it My Black Cat?


Maybe it’s just at long last they’ve been listening to A Grumbling Doctor!

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