The radical innovation will be backed up by an as yet unpublished Department of Health research into how healthy food on hospital wards can speed recovery. I shall watch with interest to see how much this rediscovery of the wheel has cost in consultancy and due diligence fees.
Even before this stunning statemnt has been backed up by said lengthy and turgid document showing your grandmother how to suck eggs, little Ben Bradshaw has jumped on the bandwaggon and seen another opening for a totalitarian knee jerk and decided that NHS trusts that don’t follow in the footsteps of this revolutionary discovery will have their budget cut.
Last month we had the Healthcare Commission finding that elderly patients were effectively being left to starve by negligent trusts – those that didn’t have the misfortune to find themselves on the Liverpool Pathway that is. Gwent Healthcare Trust was fined almsot £15,000 for having food cunningly hid about its kitchens that was over a year past its sell by date.
Possible indications that NHS Trusts are finding it hard to pay for both their expensive management consultants and basic good food for their patients? Little Ben hasn’t taken the hint and put a ceiling on the amount squandered on bureaucracy, nope, he’s going to fine hospitals that don’t meet his standards on food quality, which should ensure that the food gets even worse!
The Health and Social Care Bill already before parliament will change the name of the Healthcare Commission and the Commission for Social Care Inspection to…….drumroll and thunderous applause for the image consultants who, no doubt for another few million baubles, came up with this one……..the Care Quality Commission. Short pause to allow everyone to get their letterheads reprinted, new brochures, new charter, and repaint the front entrance in the new corporate colours…….
Right, are we all sitting in our new desks, had our counselling from the change consultants, been on our team building courses? Good, then down to work.
Ben wants you to ensure that Hospital and care home staff “must be able to spot people at risk of malnutrition, provide adequate nutrition that meets their cultural or religious requirements, and ensure that they do not suffer from malnutrition or dehydration” (those of you who are not on the Liverpool Pathway project).
Does it really require an Act of Parliament these days to ensure that a nurse can tell when a patient she hasn’t fed for days is starving? If you say so Ben.
Little wonder that the patients are becoming ever more abusive. Nu-Labour has that covered too. Health Minister Edwina Hart has a cunning new piece of ‘naughty step’ legislation for you too. In North Wales you are to be banned from getting your pint of ‘Guinness is good for you’ from any pub within Gwynedd and Anglesea. Serves you right for complaining!
Do you remember when they used to serve Guinness to you in hospital – with a smile too?