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Pressure to discharge 'should not influence decisions', says Mid Staffs report


Patients and their families made 96 complaints about discharge from Mid Staffs hospital, including complaints of discharge from A&E without proper diagnosis or management, discharge at an inappropriate time or with the patient in an inappropriate condition, and a failure to provide sufficient support.

The report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust said that adequate arrangements and warning of discharge must be provided.

“The pressure to discharge patients from wards to accommodate the patient intake from A&E should not be allowed to be a factor in influencing the decisions of managers and clinicians to discharge patients who are not ready”, it said.


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  • This is not unique. The pressure to discharge to accomodate new admisisons will always be there while ever we have 4 hour targets and near 100% bed occupancy of our wards

    The only way to stop this is to ensure we have enough beds to run on 85-90% occupancy. This will allow time to manage discharges as well as time to prepare the bed area for the next patient.

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  • lets hope that gloucestershire hospitals foundation trust read this......and take note!!!

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  • lets hope all hospitals read this and take note.

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  • The problem is that a lot of Trusts are prepared to run the risk of this happening in their Hospital, they think it's a risk worth taking in order to balance the books. Chief Exec's need to develop a sense of personal accountability.

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  • Bed management are able to put a lot of pressure on nurses to accept the next patient even when the bed has not yet been cleaned and they are aware of our existing duties...

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