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Medical Negligence Solicitor Paul Sankey on the impact of NHS bed shortages

NHS staff tell us that this is a service bursting at the seams, struggling to cope with current high levels of demand and at times providing poor care to patients as a result. The NHS recognised that once bed occupancy exceeds 85% it is more difficult to give good quality hospital care, minimise the risk of infection and avoid mistakes generally. Dr Foster’s research shows that occupancy has been running at 88% mid-week and averaged 90% for 11 out of the 12 months (excluding quiet periods such as Christmas and the New Year).  
Statistics suggest that hospitals are busier now than they ever have been and that the serve is under real strain. It is not surprising then that the level of avoidable medical accidents remains unacceptably high. Even before occupancy levels reached the 85% maximum, the NHS’ own research suggested that 1 in 10 patients suffered avoidable medical accidents.
The Governments response to the health service in crisis has been to seek “efficiency savings”. One of the problems is that cuts elsewhere – for instance in social services budgets – mean that some patients who would otherwise have been discharged remain in hospital and others who could have been treated more simply need more expensive and complex procedures by the time they have been allowed to deteriorate. Further, medical errors – which are more common in a service under strain – increase costs to the health service. People spend longer in hospital, need more treatment and may have to makeMedical Negligence Claims for compensation to put right the damage done.  All the signs are that things are not working well in the health service and that the number of medical accidents will only increase. 

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