Hull NHS boss: Mid-Staffordshire scandal 'huge wake-up call for all health workers'
A HULL hospital boss says the inquiry into the high number of deaths at Mid-Staffordshire should be a wake-up call for all health workers.
Phil Morley, chief executive of the trust in charge of Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital, made the comments in light of the public inquiry into the deaths of patients at Stafford Hospital.
The report found patients had been subjected to abuse and neglect. It is thought up to 1,200 patient deaths between January 2005 and March 2009 were caused by poor care.
Mr Morley, who heads Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "This is a huge wake-up call and a massive call to arms for clinicians and shows people should be treated as human beings, not just as illnesses.
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"This is a call for managers to put patient care at the top of their priorities. This isn't just referring to the NHS – this is a call to everyone in the system.
"We need to pause and reflect how to handle people and patients with the pressures on the system."
Hull West MP and former Health Secretary Alan Johnson apologised to families for the Staffordshire deaths four years ago on behalf of the Government.
After the report was released yesterday, Mr Johnson said: "The people who were responsible have to be held to account.
"There is sometimes a culture in the NHS that people who make mistakes are found another job.
"But what has happened doesn't mean the whole organisation should be tarred with the same brush.
"The people responsible for this particular issue should be the ones held to account."
A Barton-upon-Humber woman says her mum died at the scandal-hit hospital in January 2009.
Denise Harrison's mother Dorothy died after a combination of illness, a botched operation and contracting a bug at the hospital.
Ms Harrison, 50, said her mother died after spending nine weeks in the "hell hole".
"There was no dignity, her dignity flew out of the window the moment she went on to the ward," she said.
Inquiry chairman Robert Francis QC has now made 290 recommendations, saying "fundamental change" is needed to prevent the public losing confidence in health care.
Mr Francis said the recommendations were designed to ensure that patients' interests became the top priority for the NHS and that in future any lapses in care standards are detected and stopped right away.
Among the list of points was advice that causing death or harm to a patient should be an offence and that a "duty of candour" should be imposed on NHS staff.
The report also said senior staff who breach codes of conduct should be disqualified and there should be no sacking of "scapegoats" or reorganising in the NHS.