Today’s news that the UK’s Care Quality Commission (CQC) took steps to cover up the results of an investigation into a maternity unit at a Cumbrian hospital, is frankly staggering.
Where will it end?
Don’t get sick out of hours. There’s only a telephone helpline.
Don’t have a planned operation late in the week, because if complications set in over the week end, there won’t be anyone there to provide medical assistance.
Find problems at your local hospital? Who do you tell?
Take your own food and drink for a hospital stay. Meals may not be part of the service.
How bad does it have to be that, the individuals caring for the most vulnerable people in our society (the sick, and frequently sick and elderly) have to be told to care?
I don’t know what the answer to all this is, but something needs to change, and quickly. Probably starting with the immediate closure of the CQC, who have lost all credibility. Otherwise, the only thing left dispensing medical care will be the vending machine in your local hospital’s cafe.