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Is it safe to care for patients in 'hospital hotels'?

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The proposals to ease so-called bed-blocking on NHS wards are based on a system used in Scandinavia, where services are run by private hotel chains.

NHS England, the new body responsible for recommending how local doctors’ groups should provide for their patients, has been asked to review the scheme.

An estimated 30,000 patients each year remain in hospital despite being well enough to be discharged.

 

What do you think? Will the scheme compromise patient safety?

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  • Anonymous

    these are just luxury, privately owned and privately run convalescent homes that will cost the nhs millions.
    nurses will leave in droves to work in such places.

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  • Anonymous

    Hospital Hotels, I think these people are so money hungry that they cannot see the trees for the forest.

    The solution:
    Get more Social Workers, OT, Community Nurses and Carers.

    Lots of patients would like to go home but there is not enough support from discharging to maintaing care.
    The senior nurses walking up and down the hospitals putting pressure on the over worked nurses to get people out they should instead be in the community doing some REAL work.

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  • Anonymous

    This idea is not just for the elderly, everyone is entitled to safe aftercare.

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  • Convalescence homes were where patients used to go, this is the best idea so that hospital beds will be freed up for sick patients and avoid the overcrowded emergency rooms and long delays

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  • Anonymous

    30-Apr-2013 3:10 pm

    at least they were designed to provide care targeted to the needs of patients which it seems doubtful whether these hotels will. I guess this more sensible option is too costly but maybe another false economy as patients who do not rehabilitate properly may see themselves with complications and back in hospital.

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  • Anonymous

    Patients aren't safe ANYWHERE!

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  • Anonymous

    in my view, daft idea, care will probably be inadequate and money wasted before it is proven that the scheme is a failure by which time it will be too late to change it for more appropriate models adapted to caring for patients.

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  • Anonymous

    What's the alternative? - build new hospitals, build more community hospitals, fund more care-home beds, fund more home-care?
    No hope of any of these things happening so the situation will not change.

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  • Anonymous

    This arm of the NHS will drag the NHS to its death.
    It would be costly+++++
    Also Buildings used to house students medical and nursing will be taken away for use by the hotel chain.
    The name Hospital infront of Hotels is kept as the money paid to the hotel chain will be coming from public funds that is the NHS money.

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  • Anonymous

    "The Government has to go further. ... It should embrace the idea that people must share some of the costs of the NHS as well as social care. Professor Malcolm Grant, the chairman of NHS England, observed last month that future governments will inevitably have to consider charging for NHS services unless growth returns – and at unprecedented levels. Other developed countries devote roughly twice as much of GDP towards private payments for health care. These countries are better prepared for the future – and, in time, will have far more freedom to reduce taxation."

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10040677/We-cant-afford-such-generosity-to-the-elderly.html

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