YEP Says, August 19: No excuses for failures in care of the vulnerable

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TODAY’S harrowing report into the latest cases of medical negligence should be placed in perspective – these failings, tragic for the families concerned, are not representative of the majority of patients successfully treated by Yorkshire’s hospitals each year and whose gratitude is illustrated regularly on our letters pages.

TODAY’S harrowing report into the latest cases of medical negligence should be placed in perspective – these failings, tragic for the families concerned, are not representative of the majority of patients successfully treated by Yorkshire’s hospitals each year and whose gratitude is illustrated regularly on our letters pages.

Yet the findings will also reopen the debate about whether care is being compromised by a lack of compassion, a shortage of resources – or a combination of both. However neither should be used as mitigating factors; the NHS budget has been ring-fenced and recent scandals, like the wilful neglect of elderly patients at hospitals in Mid Staffordshire and elsewhere, have led to a renewed focus being put on the quality of care offered by medical staff. If they believe that the wellbeing of patients is being compromised, nurses and doctors should be able to report their concerns without fear of recrimination. Though whistleblowing procedures have been reformed, more needs to be done. Furthermore senior executives in managerial roles need to accept a greater share of responsibility – these are the individuals whose decisions shape the culture of a hospital – and they need to make it easier for grievances to be aired. For, while the caution of NHS trusts is understandable in cases that might result in litigation, most aggrieved people are motivated by a desire for mistakes to be eradicated so others do not suffer from sub-standard treatment. As such, it would be helpful if more hospitals and care homes recognised this reality – it might spare a lot of unnecessary angst in the longer term.

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