- 6 updates
The NHS does not have "as many" doctors per hospital bed as we need to lower the death rate, a former head of the British Medical Association has said.
Dr Brian Jarman echoed comments made by a Royal College of Physicians report that patients were more likely to die at the weekend because there were not enough staff.
He added: "Complaints by patients...at the moment don't investigate 99.7% of them. What industry would do that?"
Care should be reorganised around the patient "both inside and outside hospital", the Health Secretary said.
He was echoing comments made in a report on the future of patient care by The Royal College of Physicians, who want to see a focus on smaller, community hospitals to meet the needs of an ageing population.
Patient care incentives are "working in the wrong direction" pushing the sick towards hospital care even if it is not in their best interest, the Shadow Health Secretary has said.
Labour's Andy Burnham said his party were "building a new vision for the NHS" based around care for "the whole person".
Hospitals should be reorganised around "hub and spoke" care, with a focus on smaller, community facilities, according to the Royal College of Physicians.
According to the Royal College of Physicians if NHS care is going to meet the needs of more elderly patients it needs to:
- Give access to medical labs and scans on weekends as well as weekdays.
- A consultant should be present on the ward at all times, with ward care "prioritised" in their job plans.
- Rotas should be planned and written on a seven day rotation.
- A new chief resident will work with junior doctors and help plan service design and delivery, including rotas, duties and workload.
Care should come to very sickly patients so they do not have to move around the hospital unless medically necessary, a special investigation has found.
A commission set up by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) put forward 50 recommendations which would allow the NHS to integrate care around the patient and face the complex health needs of an ageing population.
"Future hospital; caring medical patients" warns hospitals are "struggling to cope" with the rise in and multiple needs of older patients, while units are not equipped to provide excellent care on weekends.