Two damning surveys carried out by Pulse Magazine and the Royal College of Physicians reveal that a significant number of GPs and senior doctors regard the care in their local hospital as ‘dangerously substandard’.
One in seven GPs regard their local hospital department as dangerously substandard, according to a survey of 500 GPs carried out by Pulse Magazine.
As many as a third believe that a patient had received dangerously poor care at their local hospital within the last year.
One in ten GPs said that one of their patients had died in the past year as a potential result of substandard hospital care.
Complaints include missed diagnoses, dangerously early discharge and poor emergency care.
Only 38 per cent of GPs rated hospital communication and personal care as ‘good’ or ‘very good’, and just 44 per cent rated the hospital ‘good’ or ‘very good’ for speed and efficiency.
20 per cent of GPs had warned their patients over the care of the local hospital in the last year, and 21 per cent said they would not trust the hospital with the care of their family.
An anonymous GP in Oxford told Pulse that their practise had raised the alarm over three ‘serious’ missed diagnoses at the John Radcliffe Hospital, including one of ovarian cancer.
The Department of Health commented on the survey stating: “Unsafe care will not be tolerated. We are developing patient safety measures which will show the outcomes of care.”
A second poll of more than 2,000 senior doctors, carried out by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), shows that more than a quarter of consultants think that continuity of care offered by their hospital is poor or very poor.
Some 28 per cent of senior doctors said they were concerned about the care offered to patients.
Furthermore, 27 per cent said they believe that their hospital is poor or very poor at delivering "stable medical teams" for patient care.
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