Hospital boss: "Colchester General is safer now than ever - but we can always improve"

Gazette: Hospital boss: "Colchester General is safer now than ever - but we can always improve" Hospital boss: "Colchester General is safer now than ever - but we can always improve"

THE CHIEF executive of Colchester’s hospitals insists they are safer now then ever before.

Dr Gordon Coutts, who was appointed in September 2010, said will welcome an NHS inspection and act upon any recommendations it makes.

Speaking to the Gazette, he said: “I understand why the Department of Health would want to leave no stone unturned.

“I am confident this hospital is safer now than it ever has been but we can always improve."

 

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3:54pm Sun 10 Feb 13

wellnow says...

Attitudes in nursing need to change however safe the service is.
Attitudes in nursing need to change however safe the service is. wellnow
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4:27pm Sun 10 Feb 13

rhetoric says...

What is the meaning of "safe" in this context.
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Safe from neglect? Safe from dying unnecessarily? Safe from humiliation?
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Safe from discomfort? Safe from sleepless nights in a noisy environment? Safe from being ignored by nurses?
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We need some definitions and some evidence of constructive staff development and backup.
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This applies to all hospitals, not Colchester in particular.
What is the meaning of "safe" in this context. . Safe from neglect? Safe from dying unnecessarily? Safe from humiliation? . Safe from discomfort? Safe from sleepless nights in a noisy environment? Safe from being ignored by nurses? . We need some definitions and some evidence of constructive staff development and backup. . This applies to all hospitals, not Colchester in particular. rhetoric
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5:11pm Sun 10 Feb 13

theequaliser1 says...

RESIGN.....RESIGN...
...RESIGN.....RESIGN
......RESIGN......CO
ME BACK Peter Murphy all is forgiven.
equaliser@mail.com
RESIGN.....RESIGN... ...RESIGN.....RESIGN ......RESIGN......CO ME BACK Peter Murphy all is forgiven. equaliser@mail.com theequaliser1
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5:17pm Sun 10 Feb 13

John Vencato says...

Really????
A very sad and shameful situation indeed, for the Borough and the community, This is negative publicity we could well all do without:
After the Channel 4 programme on Colchester Night-Life now this.
This is all quite unfortunate and inappropriate for Colchester
:-( XXXXXX
Really???? A very sad and shameful situation indeed, for the Borough and the community, This is negative publicity we could well all do without: After the Channel 4 programme on Colchester Night-Life now this. This is all quite unfortunate and inappropriate for Colchester :-( XXXXXX John Vencato
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9:15am Mon 11 Feb 13

romantic says...

Well, he has to say this to the press, but I hope that, behind the scenes, he is properly checking this and making sure it really is the case.

On other threads connected with this issue, we have seen plenty of tales of people not being looked after especially well. I have seen examples of very good care, but also, while visiting people, have seen (elderly) people waiting a long time for any response to an alarm call. The impression I got was that if you were able to shout, you´d get the attention first. If you were old and tired, and couldn´t do that, you could wait a long time.

The management are paid very nice salaries indeed, and that puts the responsibility on them to properly put this right. Flippant statements that everything is just fine do not fool the public any more.
Well, he has to say this to the press, but I hope that, behind the scenes, he is properly checking this and making sure it really is the case. On other threads connected with this issue, we have seen plenty of tales of people not being looked after especially well. I have seen examples of very good care, but also, while visiting people, have seen (elderly) people waiting a long time for any response to an alarm call. The impression I got was that if you were able to shout, you´d get the attention first. If you were old and tired, and couldn´t do that, you could wait a long time. The management are paid very nice salaries indeed, and that puts the responsibility on them to properly put this right. Flippant statements that everything is just fine do not fool the public any more. romantic
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10:48am Mon 11 Feb 13

Cleggeron says...

Meaningless platitudes. His suggestion seems to be that all is well, but the DoH is just checking everything to make sure, but surely the reason the hospital has been singled out is because it is failing in one or more areas.
Still, if the head of the Staffordshire trust thinks that he shouldn't resign because he's the best person to sort out any issues, why would you expect Coutts to do any different?
Meaningless platitudes. His suggestion seems to be that all is well, but the DoH is just checking everything to make sure, but surely the reason the hospital has been singled out is because it is failing in one or more areas. Still, if the head of the Staffordshire trust thinks that he shouldn't resign because he's the best person to sort out any issues, why would you expect Coutts to do any different? Cleggeron
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10:54pm Tue 12 Feb 13

tellitasitreallyis says...

Dr Gordon Coutts is talking out of his rear end. If he was to be taken sick. I will lay odds on that he will be given the best room of the house. Staff running around for him, and his stay made to feel like he was staying at the Ritz.

Those that run the NHS are out of contact with the real world. The only thing they understand is money. They don't understand what a hospital is.

The whole NHS needs a real shake up. They need to put the sick first, giving the care that is needed.
I do understand the thought behind saving money. But the saving of care and empathy too is just stupid.

Would love to see this Dr Gordon Coutts go into the Wivenhoe ward incognito and see what a ward of death that is. To see first hand that Wivenhoe and Brightlingsea wards are ran by nurses that think they know more than the doctors.
Dr Gordon Coutts is talking out of his rear end. If he was to be taken sick. I will lay odds on that he will be given the best room of the house. Staff running around for him, and his stay made to feel like he was staying at the Ritz. Those that run the NHS are out of contact with the real world. The only thing they understand is money. They don't understand what a hospital is. The whole NHS needs a real shake up. They need to put the sick first, giving the care that is needed. I do understand the thought behind saving money. But the saving of care and empathy too is just stupid. Would love to see this Dr Gordon Coutts go into the Wivenhoe ward incognito and see what a ward of death that is. To see first hand that Wivenhoe and Brightlingsea wards are ran by nurses that think they know more than the doctors. tellitasitreallyis
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