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Monday, 6 February 2012

"Will Lessons Ever Be Learned?"

Hospital staff levels warning

Funding shortages are potentially putting patients’ lives at risk
 
Funding shortages are potentially putting patients’ lives at risk

FUNDING shortages are potentially putting patients’ lives at risk because the hospital is understaffed at weekends, the hospital medical director has warned.

Speaking during an inquest into the death of a 57-year-old woman who died
following a weekend stay at the General Hospital, Dr Andrew Luksa described
Saturdays and Sundays as ‘a high-risk area’ because of a lack of resources.

Bank holidays, he added, were even worse and ‘potentially very dangeroaus’.
His comments also support a study published last week in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine which concluded that people in the UK are 16 per cent more likely to die if admitted to hospital on a Sunday than mid-week.

Although no figures have been released for Jersey, the concerns were highlighted by the case of Susan Elisabeth Smith, who died on 2 August last year after collapsing at home after being discharged with the wrong medication. She had been in hospital with suspected gallstones.

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