Patients" lives in danger due to desperate staff shortages at privately-run out of hours GP services


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VERY URGENT, PLEASE HELP! Texts reveal the desperate staff shortages at privately-run out-of-hours GP services putting patients' lives in danger Doctors claim that Harmoni, the largest private provider of urgent care services in England, is so short-staffed that it is regularly unsafeInvestigation uncovered desperate texts, begging staff to come to work Company also alleged to have manipulated its performance data, masking delays in seeing patients and other missed targetsAnd fears that a seven-week old baby may have died due to desperate staff shortages and protocols not being followed | UPDATED: 13:31 GMT, 18 December 2012 Patients' lives are repeatedly being put at risk by out-of-hours care provided by a private company, senior doctors have claimed Patients' lives are repeatedly being put at risk by out-of-hours care provided by a private company, senior doctors have claimed.

Hospital of humiliation: Patients had to endure four nights on a day ward and were forced to use cardboard bowls to wash themselves


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Hospital of humiliation: Patients had to endure four nights on a day ward and were forced to use cardboard bowls to wash themselves Inspectors found there was no night lighting on the wards so bright lights were switched on when needed, disturbing sleep of other patientsNo bedside storage so patients belongings were left on the floorCQC has imposed restriction on Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust to stop it treating long-term patients on day unit for more than 23 hoursTrust interim chief said they accepted facilities were not 'entirely suitable' | UPDATED: 23:43 GMT, 21 September 2012 Patients endured ‘completely unacceptable’ conditions when they were forced to stay in a hospital’s day-surgery ward for up to four days because of NHS bed shortages.

Nurses: We"ve no time to talk to older patients because shortage of qualified staff is "compromising care" on the wards


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Nurses: We've no time to talk to older patients because shortage of qualified staff is 'compromising care' on wards | UPDATED: 00:20 GMT, 20 March 2012 Three out of four nurses say they have no time to talk to older hospital patients Three out of four nurses say they have no time to talk to older hospital patients and many are so rushed they can’t help them to eat, a report warns.

New mother left in bloodied bed 3 days with no food for 24 hours as hospital staff "could not cope"


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New mother left in bloodied sheets for three days and given no food for 24 hours as hospital staff “just could not cope” A new mother says she was left in blood-stained sheets for three days and given no food for 24 hours after having a caesarean section.

One in three NHS hospitals and care homes is breaking the law on dignity and respect


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One in three NHS hospitals and care homes is breaking the law on dignity and respect Nearly one in three hospitals and care homes are failing to treat patients with dignity and respect. Inspections of thousands of hospitalsand homes around the country revealed a shocking disdain for the plight of the frail, sick and vulnerable. Some nurses are failing to treat patients ‘as equal human beings’, said Cynthia Bower, head of the Care Quality Commission watchdog.