Above Average Blood Poisoning Deaths at one NHS Hospital

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 2nd, 2013

Week in Review

Those who favor a national health care system like to look to Britain and sigh.  How they would love to have a system like the National Health Service (NHS).  As much as they may love their Obamacare they know it is a far cry from the NHS.  Which is what they really want.  Free health care for everyone.  Where everyone has equal access.  And the quality is the same no matter who you are.  Or how much money you have (see Data fears over septicaemia deaths at Royal Bolton Hospital posted 2/27/2013 on BBC News Manchester).

An investigation is under way into unusually high numbers of septicaemia deaths at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) confirmed the trust recorded 800 cases from March 2011 to April 2012.

The figure is four times higher than a trust similar in size would expect, according to Bolton CCG.

Bolton NHS Trust said acting chief executive Dr Jackie Bene had stepped aside after initial findings revealed “potential discrepancies” in data.

The BBC understands the investigation is looking at allegations that records were altered to make the hospital’s mortality rates look better…

It added: “We do not believe there are any clinical concerns regarding the care of patients, but rather there are questions that need answering about how the trust reports information about their care for administrative and financial purposes”…

A Dr Foster spokesman said: “The accurate recording of data is essential in allowing us to better understand the quality of care being provided by hospitals, as well as ensuring they receive the correct levels of payment for their services.

Interesting.  The number of deaths from septicemia (aka, blood poisoning) is 4 times higher than a trust similar in size.  But they do not believe that there are any concerns for patient care.  Even though they think that this trust may be underreporting the number of deaths.  So nothing to fear here.  Just an unusually high number of deaths.  Probably even more than they are reporting.  But if you’re not a patient you have nothing to fear.  If you are a patient, then fear.  And put your affairs in order.  Just in case.

The accurate recording of data is essential.  For this data shows them at a glance the quality of care.  And current billing information.  Presumably in separate columns.  Oh, there’s nothing like the warmth of national health care.  In fact, if you want to see what it’s like in the British NHS here is a video showing the miracle of birth.  Warning: the following contains some graphic images.

Actually, that is not video footage of a live birth in the NHS.  It is in fact a scene from Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.  We apologize for the confusion.  Still, it is a somewhat accurate illustration of the NHS.  A clueless health care bureaucrat demonstrating where the focus is in the NHS.  In the bookkeeping.  While the doctors worry that the bureaucrat may see them NOT using all of the expensive machinery.  Worried that if he does there may be a cut in their budget next year.

This is the way health care is meant to be.  Universal.  Free.  Cold.  Callous.  And mind-numbingly bureaucratic.  In other words, welcome to Obamacare.

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