Hillarycare Does Not Work

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    red states rule Senior Member

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    Libs say the US should have government run healthcare as they have in the UK

    Well, Hillarycare is not doing very well over there

    I guess the libs will say taxes are to low on the rich and that is the real problem

    Hard-up hospital orders staff: Don't wash sheets - turn them over
    by DANIEL MARTIN - More by this author »

    Last updated at 23:22pm on 13th April 2007

    Cleaners at an NHS hospital with a poor record on superbugs have been told to turn over dirty sheets instead of using fresh ones between patients to save money.

    Housekeeping staff at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, have been asked to re-use sheets and pillowcases wherever possible to cut a £500,000 laundry bill.

    Posters in the hospital's linen cupboards and on doors into the A&E department remind workers that each item costs 0.275 pence to wash.

    Good Hope reported a deficit of £6million last year and was subject to a report by the Audit Commission because of its poor financial standing.

    It recorded 36 cases of MRSA from April last year to January, while cases of clostridium difficile have more than doubled in less than a year to 327. A Government hit squad was drafted in to solve the infection problems last year but the trust is still failing to hit MRSA targets.

    Tony Field, chairman of Birmingham-based MRSA Support, said: 'Is that all the safety of a patient's life is worth? 0.275 pence?

    'It is utterly disgraceful and tantamount to murder because hygiene like changing sheets is essential to protect patients.

    'It proves beyond all doubt that cost- cutting is directly contributing to hospital acquired infections.'

    A Good Hope spokesman said the posters went up around two years ago and should all have been taken down by now. But a medic insisted the posters were still on display in A&E and the maternity unit as recently as the past month.

    'It is clear the trust is encouraging staff to "top 'n' tail" used sheets on a bed instead of replacing them between patients,' said the health worker, who did not wish to be named.

    'The very nature of A&E should be enough reason to change sheets between every patient as casualty sees patients who have come in with a variety of infections, traumatic injuries and blood spill.'

    Conservative healthvehealth spokesman John Baron said: 'This sounds ludicrous and is a real cause for concern given that MRSA is such a problem in our hospitals.

    'This matter needs to be investigated at a higher level. Patient safety must never be compromised.'

    Liberal Democrat health spokesman Norman Lamb said: 'If we are to beat healthcareacquired infections we need the highest possible standards of cleanliness. The idea of turning over sheets like this is extraordinary and scandalous.'

    The scheme is one of many ways that cash- strapped trusts are trying to save money.

    In January, staff at West Hertfordshire NHS Trust were amazed to receive a memo urging them to save £2.50 a day by prescribing cheaper medicines, reducing the number of sterile packs used, cutting hospital tests and asking patients to bring drugs in from home.

    Epsom and St Helier Trust in South London has removed every third light bulb from corridors.


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