“These statistics from the Nursing Times are shocking. It’s appalling that the weakest in society are being treated in such a disgraceful manner in makeshift wards in hospital storage areas.
“Obviously patient safety should be the utmost priority in a hospital, but the majority of nurses believe these arrangements result in this safety being put at risk. Overall confidence in the NHS has been steadily declining over the years and Saga research shows that a quarter of people aged over 50 think the NHS has got worse or much worse over the last two years. Looking ahead, and with a potential squeeze on NHS spending and staff costs in mind, a substantial 35 per cent of over 50s believe the NHS will worsen over the next five years.
“Having to stay in hospital can be an emotional experience, which needs to be made as comfortable and reassuring as possible. It’s completely unacceptable that those who are already vulnerable should be treated with anything less than the utmost care and respect.”
Editors notes -
Populus received 9,441 responses from adults aged 50 and over to its online poll for SAGA between 11th and 21st September 2009. Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.
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