Impending Chaos at Private Hospitals? A First Glimpse of One Possible Effect of Monitor’s Regulation’s

“When you read the licence conditions it becomes clear that the ONLY definition of ‘improving quality for patients’ that can be found within this document is ‘encouraging competition between providers’.

So, competition to ‘improve’ services – but ‘improvement’ is measured only by whether there’s increased competition.
Talk about circular (and sneaky) reasoning. The Emperor’s (particularly hideous and harmful) new clothes, anyone..?

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This is a story of my recent experience of how a private hospital is coping with a sudden influx of NHS patients, due to the recent changes to healthcare in England. The personal account comes towards the end so please bear with me…

 We’re all too nauseatingly familiar by now with Jeremy Hunt’s ‘NHS is a disaster’ discourse with its characterisation of the whole service as one on the edge of collapse. According to this story A&E departments are in chaos, GP’s are lazy, hospitals are dirty, inefficient and badly managed. Waiting rooms are overflowing with people having to wait ages to be seen and nursing staff are dismissive of their needs. And the food’s terrible.

In contrast to this picture of medical Armageddon he paints a picture of private hospitals as clean, comfortable, well maintained places where patients are treated efficiently and with extraordinary care and attention; medical care is…

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3 responses to “Impending Chaos at Private Hospitals? A First Glimpse of One Possible Effect of Monitor’s Regulation’s

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  2. That private hospitals are better or safer than the NHS is one of the biggest myths in this area. This article shows the cracks very well. Problems with the private sector include – you always see the consultant but he/she has no challenge/correctives (ie reduced teamwork), no teaching or research happens to any extent, facilities are often lacking, medical cover on site is also often lacking etc.
    If you find this a bit hard to believe just ask yourself the question – why does the private sector cherry-pick the easiest cases and why, when it goes pear-shaped, is the patient rapidly transferred to the NHS?
    And all of this despite the fact that they can set the price (if you work in the NHS the price is set for you) inclusive of making a profit for shareholders and if it’s getting a bit tough, go into receivership and re-appear a few months later with a different name (oh yes they do!)

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