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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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BBC Panorama shines fresh spotlight on Furness General Hospital failings welcomed

GRIEVING families hope the heartache of hearing their stories told on national television will help raise awareness over the need for further investigation into failings at Furness General Hospital.

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'Suggestion' is being a little unfair. People are obliged to keep going to UHMB for medical care because it's a long way to Carlisle, Preston or Blackburn. As for the 'pointless comments', you might recall that if Titcombe, the Coroner and others had not kept harping on and on about the problems UHMB would have kept covering up the lot- including the 'out patients disaster' which affected 19,000 patients etc. and Halsall, Kane, Dyer etc. would still be there saying that everything is fine and they are being 'totally open and honest'. They don't sack most of the Board of Directors because a few people don't like the food or the paint on the walls.

Posted by WilliamT on 8 December 2012 at 12:53

Suggestion,"how many of you are sat on here making pointless comments yet return time after time to uhmb for care either for yourself or your family? all you hear is one sided stories from patients as the trust can rarely publish the full details of complaints/investigations due to confidentiality.
How about the evening mail run a cover story for the dept responsible for safety." Exactly what choice to people have in an emergency but to rely on their local hospital to provide adequate care? As it happens I relied on the Trusts responses following a complaint(3yrs for some answers)only to be faced with the same 'shortfalls' again, I have also witnessed excellent care for which I am extremely grateful however it should never be a lottery. With regards to your comment regarding one sided stories from patients, a public inquiry would be an ideal opportunity for the Trust to open up.

Posted by Chris McIlgorm on 7 December 2012 at 21:50

don't want to get into a debate with Mun but I worked in the public sector for 30 yrs I have no complaints with FGH actual nursing as relates to ME or my family but I have witnessed offices staff ignoring patients, and walking about with cups of coffee discussing their weekends with no sense of urgency or heavy workload.It need someone with an unblinkered view to take charge and sort out old practices

Posted by concerned on 7 December 2012 at 14:15

The bottom line here is Patient Safety, given that questioned still need answering after such a timescale leads me to believe without a public inquiry there will never be a solution and Trusts will continue to put their reputation above all else, don't they realise it is their own doing by not being honest and open. I'm sure if the Trust believe as they state “The safety of our patients is and must always be our priority.” they would welcome any investigation that could lead to their goal.

Posted by Chris McIlgorm on 6 December 2012 at 22:38

how many of you are sat on here making pointless comments yet return time after time to uhmb for care either for yourself or your family? all you hear is one sided stories from patients as the trust can rarely publish the full details of complaints/investigations due to confidentiality.
How about the evening mail run a cover story for the dept responsible for safety.

Posted by Suggestion on 6 December 2012 at 19:57

Monitor appointed Chairman Henshaw says it's a 'new Board'- of course, it isn't really. Holt, the Nursing Director, has been there since 2008 and supported all the Board statements that everything was all right all the time, and is still saying everything is all right. McGahon and Bennett have also been on the Board since well before the crash, Medical Director Nasmyth was the deputy Medical Director before the crash and former Medical Director Dyer is still working at the trust, 'carrying out a review into research, education and training' that hasn't been published yet. They have appointed yet more chief nurses, one each for FGH and RLI- it is really a boom time for senior management at UHMB.

Posted by WilliamT on 6 December 2012 at 11:49

While we will always have folk coming forward to say thank you & being grateful for the hard working dedicated staff, no one can take that away from them, We have as a community must see the bigger picture,there are far to many problems that we overlook, a very wise person said to me once, after I spoke about how kind we are treated by some of the staff, Yes but that hospital burys its mistakes? that same person was taken in for a routine Opp to remove pressure of there Eyes, & is now blind because of a mistake? Things need to Improve & Improve quickly!!

Posted by Wally! on 5 December 2012 at 23:39

I have worked in the NHS for 20 years and 99% of the people I have cared for have been happy with the standard of care received but for some reason only the bad gets reported.

Posted by Andrew on 5 December 2012 at 21:20

Maternity staff at FGH saved my life when i had a large Haemorrhage following the birth of my daughter. I owe my life to the staff who were on duty that day. I cannot thank them enough

Posted by sarah on 5 December 2012 at 19:47

I'd be very intrested to know where fed up and concerned work. NHS management and administration has been decimated which means the staff you claim are wandering around with clipboards are highly likely to be clinicians who now have to undertake admin and management leaving the front line bereft. Ask clinicians not the tabloids about bureaucracy and they will tell you to give them back their much needed back room staff to let them get on with treating patients.

Posted by Mun on 5 December 2012 at 19:20

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