We will learn from our mistakes - Barrow hospital trust chief
Last updated at 16:24, Friday, 01 November 2013
THE devastating impact of the Barrow dementia unit’s staffing crisis was revealed after health bosses admitted warnings were ignored.
A public meeting of the board of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, at Barrow Town Hall yesterday, was called after revelations the Care Quality Commission is planning to issue warning notices to the trust following an inspection on October 10.
The meeting heard staff at the Ramsey Unit, in Furness General Hospital, had frequently expressed concerns about staffing levels before the inspection.
Claire Molloy, chief executive of the trust, said the trust would “learn from its mistakes” and find out why concerns were not listened to.
Lisa Newby, from Dalton, described how her 75-year-old mum, Linda Parkinson, was hospitalised with dehydration because there were not enough staff to give her a drink.
Mrs Newby said: “I was called and told to come back from Scotland because they thought she had either suffered a stroke or had dehydration. When I saw her I thought she had only one or two hours to live.”
Mrs Newby said her mum had deteriorated “very, very quickly” since being admitted to the Ramsey Unit.
She said: “I have lost my mum now. I do wonder if she had been treated properly whether she might have not declined as quickly.”
When asked if there had been any attempts to raise staffing levels before the CQC inspection, Andy Roach, director of operations at the trust, said a mixture of agency staff and “bank staff” from elsewhere in the trust had been considered adequate. He said: “Obviously that was not the case.”
Julia Price, from Bowfell Crescent, Barrow, said her mum, Dorothy Bell, 81, had declined rapidly in a “real short space of time.”
Mrs Price said: “My mum was always such a beautiful and elegant lady but there has been a very rapid decline since she went into the Ramsey Unit.”
Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock said: “Families whose loved ones in the Ramsey Unit were not given basic care – such as adequate water to keep them hydrated – deserve a full explanation of why these fundamental requirements were not delivered.
“It has also emerged frontline staff raised concerns before the visit on October 10, and the trust must show these failures to heed the warnings will never be allowed to happen again.”
First published at 16:10, Friday, 01 November 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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There has been a long list of 'learn from our mistakes' coming from the Trust and FGH. Sadly, too many of them include someone losing their life or a reduction in quality of life as the result of 'mistakes'.
The quality of care at FGH either needs to FINALLY improve, responsible staff face criminal charges, or the hospital should be shut down.
Explanations to family members is only a token apology; this is not enough. If nurses and staff cannot provide the basic minimum of care -such as drinking water-- then they are not qualified for their jobs and should not be entrusted with caring for the ill, infirm, elderly or injured. Simples.
No more excuses, no more loss of life, no more mistakes. No more 'second' chances; patients do not have a second chance, nor do their families.
Are you serious," We will learn by our mistakes"? So early on in to the history of this unit & we are already getting this age old stand by statement, that is wheeled out in every situation by the Health authorities, Police Forces & Government? Come on, we deserve better than this & so does our Community!
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