THERE ARE 150 AVOIDABLE DEATHS WEEKLY IN THE NHS!
How has this avoided the headlines?
The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt confirmed to Sky News that there are currently 150 avoidable deaths weekly in the NHS.
Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt (Photo: Daily Mirror)
Just think about that figure.
Thats 7,800 deaths each year which were avoidable.
I think everybody was aware that there are problems with funding and services in our NHS, but to have 7,800 deaths annually which could have been avoided is just sickening.
How do people whose family member passed away in hospital ever know whether their loved one was a victim of these avoidable deaths or not? The fact that they know precisely how many deaths fall into this category tells us that surveys were carried out and so they know which deaths they were. Were the families of these patients informed that the death of their loved one was avoidable?
There is no excuse for these sort of figures when it comes to deaths which were avoidable. If the Health Secretary was aware of these details, then so was the Government, whom he represents as a Cabinet Minister.
This is therefore a list of questions which must be asked of the Prime Minister:
- When was She made aware of this fact?
- What action did She take?
- When was the action taken?
- When can we expect the avoidable death rate to be halted?
- What investigations have been made?
- What disciplinary measures have been taken?
- Were the families of those whose deaths were avoidable been informed, and compensated?
Any recent Health Secretaries who were aware of this must have some disciplinary action taken against them. The very first role of a Health Secretary is to prevent unnecessary deaths in the NHS.
Somewhere heads must roll, as well as those 7,800 of the avoidable deaths each year!