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PMQ - 'high quality NHS'
Started by Ruth Wollacott
Posted: November 29, 2006 at 17:04

(Prime Minister's Question Time today)

James Brokenshire (Hornchurch) (Con):

Three years ago, my constituent James Wollacott contracted MRSA in hospital following successful surgery on his knee. Since then he has suffered significant problems with mobility and is in constant pain. He has had five corrective operations and will require further surgery in the new year. He is only 23 years old. What assurance can the Deputy Prime Minister give him and other victims of MRSA that combating hospital-acquired infections will not be compromised by the current financial pressures in the national health service?

The Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. John Prescott): The Governmentís record on the NHS is very good and is there for all to see. We should be proud of the amount of resources we have put into the NHS. We created the NHS and we have sustained it. Every time we try to bring in resources to make improvements, it is always opposed by the Conservatives. Make no mistake about it: we will proudly defend the NHS. It is our creation. Millions of people in this country are totally dependent on it and we shall continue to provide a high quality national health service.

Anyone agree with this perspective? Does anyone think Mr. Prescott actually answered the question?
Re: PMQ - 'high quality NHS'
Reply #1 by Bev Hurst
Posted: November 29, 2006 at 17:15
as usual Ruth he blagged around the issue ~ High Quality National Health Service ! and he did nothing to answer with regard to Jame's impending surgery and there was certainly no assurances given that he will not be compromised again by the financial pressures on the NHS

after surgery just over 4 weeks ago i have suffered over and over again bad practise with the aftercare ~ the high quality of service i received prior and during surgery is not in question ~ BUT if the total service is not high quality then the whole service falls down ~ i had a bone infection, which has resulted in them cutting away the infected part and the cultures came back as Staph A resistant despite the fact that my pre-op swabs came back negative for Staph A ~ on monday i had to have the surgical scar cut open because they had left 2 stitches in which were turning septic ~ i would'nt class that as high quality service
Re: PMQ - 'high quality NHS'
Reply #2 by Ruth Wollacott
Posted: November 29, 2006 at 21:15
So sorry to hear of complications with your operation, it really doesn't bode well for anyone facing surgery. Your report, however, is quite in line with many of those at the lobby of MPs last week and after three years of shouting loudly, it seems that nothing much has changed.

The local paper rang asking for comments on Mr. Prescott's speech, I said it didn't appear to me that he shared Mr. Blair's professed determination to address the issue of HAIs.

Re: PMQ - 'high quality NHS'
Reply #3 by Derek Butler
Posted: November 29, 2006 at 22:42
It would seem that you are right, that those in power do not seem to listen to what people are saying to them with regard to HAIís. Maybe that another approach is needed to make them all start to sit up and hear the many voices that are telling them that this is not good enough. Hospitals are in fact a work place that is no different than any other, except that their main commodities are people and not products. Why should they be except from the same laws that govern the normal parameters of what we normally associate as places of work because they deal with venerable people.

To some on this forum my arguments that they should be held accountable under the same laws as what we associate as the normal work place seems to fall by the way side. I still contend that these very laws that I have always argued can be used against them and are the best way forward to get some recompense for those that have been lost or suffered from HAIís such as MRSA and C-diff.

We will have to wait and see if my arguments on this topic will come to any fruition in the future, as all other arguments seem to be struggling to get them to listen to what we are saying in regard to the devastation that these infections leave in there wake.

Re: PMQ - 'high quality NHS'
Reply #4 by jennyr
Posted: November 30, 2006 at 10:36
Oh dear, Mr. John Prescott really needs to come up with something better than an ostrich impersonation. It is this precisely this kind of "head in the sand" mentality about the NHS that has got us into this mess. Just repeating a mantra "The NHS is very good" over and over again is not going to resolve the very real problems facing the NHS. Perhaps it is time for the Government to stop repeating the mantra and start taking a long critical look at why our healthcare system does not compare favourably with many others in Europe. Our record on mrsa is far worse than many other countries, for instance. I am truly scared of having to go into a hospital in this country after recent family experiences. I just do not think there is effective quality control in place, and there is absolutely NO accountability when things go wrong. A scary situation in my opinion.
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