Hospital discharging rethink

Hospitals are being told to end the practice of discharging vulnerable people from wards during the night.

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Nurses to find time to 'provide proper care'

David Cameron's panel is made up of frontline nurses, patient representatives and medical experts. They will:

  • Research ways of ensuring that nurses have the time to provide proper care
  • Explore methods of using patient feedback to improve services
  • Recently the Care Quality Commission found a fifth of NHS hospitals were breaking the law on care for the elderly
  • 40% did not offer dignified care

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PM: restoring 'sense of pride' in medical profession

David Cameron will also call for patients to be treated with more dignity and respect. The Prime Minister is meeting nurses in Downing Street to 'restore a sense of pride' to the profession.

Mr Cameron will ask the panel to research ways of ensuring that nurses have the time to provide proper care Credit: Reuters

Mr Cameron is to host the first meeting of the Nursing and Care Quality Forum, announced in January to address concerns about the way some patients are treated.

Hospitals urged to stop sending patients home at night

The Medical Director of the NHS, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, has written to Strategic Health Authorities urging them to urgently review practices. Last week it emerged hundreds of thousands of patients are sent home in the middle of the night.

While some patients may of course choose to be discharged during these hours, the examples highlighted of elderly patients being left to make their way home by themselves in the middle of the night are obviously unacceptable, and need to be addressed urgently... As health professionals we all agree that patients should be treated with compassion, so it is simply not acceptable to send people home from hospital late at night when they may have no family members nearby to support them.

– Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of the NHS
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