The debate about improving US healthcare availability continues, but in the United Kingdom, where public healthcare is the standard, a firestorm over patient safety has erupted. Headlines like these have been featured over the past several days in the British press:
Eleven more NHS hospitals at centre of safety scandal
"An explosive report reveals a terrifying picture of many English hospitals, with people dying after being admitted with 'low-risk' conditions… Failures lead to thousands of deaths. Government orders new investigation."
"Research that ranks every general hospital in England against a range of safety measures has named 12 NHS hospital trusts judged to be “significantly underperforming”.
"This is despite the fact that last month the Care Quality Commission, the health service regulator, judged overall care at eight of the trusts to be good or excellent. Today’s study by Dr Foster, an NHS partner organisation that collates and analyses healthcare data, also highlights 27 trusts with unusually high death rates. Almost 5,000 more patients in their care died in the past year than was expected."
Our neighbors "across the pond" seem to have many of the same patient safety issues as hospitals in the US. Perhaps a collaborative improvement effort is in order.