Investigation Ordered into Night Time Discharge Issue

Investigation Ordered into Night Time Discharge Issue

Despite the fact medical care is being recognized as among the most respectable professions of all, a recent report has certainly raised huge question mark on the same. A recent report published by The Times newspaper has claimed that as many as 239,233 patients were discharged in odd hours in 2011, thereby leaving them lurching for the deserving medical attention.

Among all, the most suffering ones were elderly who were sent to their homes between 11pm and 6 am. There is need for some sort of explanation given in the same context so that this doesn’t happen again.

It is believed that there are fair chances that overnight discharges would rise in the time to come as there would be more pressure built as NHS budget would face further cuts. It is necessary that this report is not being overlooked and the existing loopholes are being worked on. There are reports that indicate this step could have been done by some 100 NHS hospitals to fee up beds as there are a large number of patients being admitted in A & E units.

Looking at the gravity of the case, the Department of Health asserted that there is need that condition of the patients is being thoroughly checked before taking any such decision. Moreover, Sir Bruce Keogh, the Medical Director of the NHS, has made it clear that all hospitals must take serious note of the same and make sure that such unhealthy practices are being stopped urgently.

“While some patients may of course choose to be discharged during these hours, the examples highlighted of elderly patients being left to make their way home by themselves in the middle of the night are obviously unacceptable, and need to be addressed urgently”, he said, in his letter to the medical directors of England’s ten strategic health authorities.


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