Published on 06/01/2012
Nurses will be told to do regular ward rounds in David Cameron’s drive to improve NHS hospital care in England.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the Prime Minister said there "was clearly a problem in some hospitals". He is due to make a speech unveiling the full package of measures to tackle these problems later on Friday.
The Prime Minister will say: "There's something really fundamental that needs to be put right fast."
"We need an NHS which ensures that every patient is cared for with compassion and dignity in a clean environment."
His speech will come after a series of damning reports revealed serious neglect of elderly patients and patients with learning disabilities.
Mr Cameron plans to get rid of paperwork which keeps nurses from spending time with patients and establish hourly ward rounds for nurses to check on patients at their bedside.
Hospitals which perform well on providing the ‘four basics of care’ – preventing bedsores, falls, blood clots and hospital-acquired infections – will receive financial bonuses.
In addition, members of the public will be invited to assess cleanliness, food, privacy and dignity on wards alongside official terms.
However, critics argue that this may not be feasible when the health service is under crippling financial pressure. The NHS has to save £20bn by 2015, and thousands of jobs are being lost in hospitals across the country.
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