BBC Scotland’s Propaganda Team have offered the above image as a free introductory sample, worth £1 500, to the UK Labour Party/NHS coalition as they struggle to weaken the Conservatives. It shows how the party of government can be undermined with attacks on the NHS. The Scottish team have long experience of this approach.
In a relatively positive report compared to others shown here, featuring red warning signs, Southend University Hospital has, in the detail some scary sentences.
Updated 6 March 2020
Our rating of safe stayed the same. We took into account the ratings of services not inspected this time. We rated it as requires improvement because:
- Four core services were rated as requires improvement and one was rated good.
- Not all staff had completed the required mandatory training in key skills and had not met the trust’s compliance for a number of modules. Staff had difficulty accessing life support training, due to courses available and staffing vacancy.
- Not all staff had received safeguarding training to the required national level. Although staff we spoke with did know how to recognise and report abuse.
- Not all core services controlled infection risk well we observed high risk patients not being appropriately segregated from other patients to prevent the spread of infection.
- Environments were not always maintained and in working order. We escalated concerns regarding call bells in the urgent and emergency department and toilet facilities that needed repair in outpatients.
- We found several areas where staff were not always fully completing risk assessments in line with national guidance. Record keeping varied, improvements were required in a number of core services.
- Nursing and medical staffing was a generic issue across all core services, although this was mitigated with the use of bank and agency staff to keep patients safe. The services were actively recruiting staff from overseas.
- Fridges that stored medicines required temperature checks, however the recording and escalation of out of range temperatures was inconsistent.
- We did not observe all services displaying safety thermometer data to share with staff, patients and visitors.
Once more, imagine Reporting Scotland’s heal;th correspondent’s delight faced wioth this.