Wednesday, July 09, 2008

NHS Meltdown: "Converyor Belt Childbirths"

Sigh: The NHS continues to collapse and I continue to report--but even I don't post all the stories, striving as I do to keep SHS varied and interesting. But this can't be overlooked: The NHS has been accused of "conveyor belt" childbirths. From the story:

Women are giving birth on a virtual conveyor belt because maternity wards are so overcrowded and understaffed, a damning report has revealed. The Healthcare Commission report--the most detailed ever undertaken--has exposed a grim picture of women giving birth in units where there are not enough toilets or showers and women are rushed through so fast that more than one mother gives birth in each bed every day.

Consultants are not present on the wards enough of the time, midwives and doctors do not get on with each other and severe staff shortages mean women are left alone during the birth, the report found. The investigation into every aspect of antenatal, labour, birth and postnatal care, was prompted after high death rates among new mothers were found in successive hospitals.
Good grief.

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At July 09, 2008 , Blogger Christine the Soccer Mom said...

and this in a country with such a low birthrate, too!? How awful!

Of course, this squares with what my mother told me about having me while Dad was still in the Army. Lining up for OB-prenatal appointments, shuttling in and out on maternity days for exams, being scolded for not cleaning up the blood in the shower hours after giving birth to me ... Needless to say, my parents are firmly against the government taking over healthcare. They had that for four years, thank you very much, and it was more than enough.

 
At July 11, 2008 , Blogger Laura(southernxyl) said...

Looks to me like, for low-risk pregnancies, home birth would be safer and certainly more comfortable.

 
At July 12, 2008 , Blogger Wesley J. Smith said...

NOTICE TO SHSers: I have been unable to upload for 3 days. I'll try to get this fixed as soon as I can. So sorry for any inconvenience.

 
At August 18, 2008 , Blogger T E Fine said...

Jeez, I go away for a couple of months to get a new job and you totally changed the interface on me, Wes!

For those of you who don't know me, I'm Tabs, I have a big mouth, I'm outspokenly Catholic, I believe that cloning, euthanasia, IVF, and abortion should all be outlawed, and I used to work in a Deli.

Used to.

I now work for what one woman I know called, "THE ENEMY!" You could hear the Captials in her words, I swear. As to who "THE ENEMY!" is, I work for an oil company, whom I shall not name in detail on the public side of this board 'cause I don't want to have our office building egged. That and besides, I don't want anyone associating my private and personal beliefs with my company. But yes, I'm a Texan working for an oil company. Go figure.

Ironically, I'm the only engineer in my department who can spell...

I MISSED YOU WESLEY!!!!

I've been so busy getting myself organized and going through training I haven't had the time or patience to deal with any blogging online at all, even to visit my friends, but I was eager to get back to you, and I do try to take some time to read your articles at the Discovery Institute website. I'm gald you're still fighting the good fight.

So, I see that the little girl, Ms. Haleigh Poutre, is alive and well. This despite the desire to dehydrate her to death.

YAY! I'm glad she's doing so great!

I'm sure you've probably heard of it and maybe it's on your website here, Wes, but I'm going to mention it anyway - did you know that some members of the Catholic Church are pushing for the Pope to reconsider whether organ donation is acceptable or not, since the question of whether "brain death" is really *death* has come up in recent medical journals? Lovely.

I'm going to go read everything that I can on your blog while I have the time - my days off are now Sunday and Monday, so expect to hear me rant a lot on those two days to make up for the rest of the week.

I will also follow up with an appropriate remark to this particular post.

Peace out,
Tabs

 
At August 18, 2008 , Blogger T E Fine said...

From the rest of the article:

'The need for an adequate number of bathrooms on delivery suites was highlighted more than 10 years ago, it said.

'Looking at the current situation, it said "relatively few units (16.5 per cent) had as many as one bath per delivery room, and only half reported having one or more baths for every four delivery rooms.

'"Shower facilities are more common and more than a third of trusts (38 per cent) of units reported one shower per delivery room, with just over half of units reporting one shower or more for every two delivery rooms.

'"Ideally, all delivery rooms should have a bath or shower room en-suite, but there is clearly a long way to go before this position is reached."'

When one of my best friends gave birth (here in Texas), her room was basically a suite, complete with walk-in shower, TV, the works, but she was also a middle-class lady with a home and financial support from her husband's mother. I'm wondering how US hospitals that cater to lower-income families compare with both her experience and what's going on in England. You would think that if a hospital had a designated area for delivery, that it would be designed with the safety and health of the mother in mind. A clean bed, properly sterilized, and a shower room, good quality cleaning supplies, plentiful hand sanitizers and anti-bacterial soaps -- these are all things that should be standard in a maternity ward, shouldn't they?

'One of the Government's key aims is to give every woman choice over where they give birth, including in units led by obstetricians, or midwives, or at home but the report said in practice, choice is very limited.

The study also pointed to some hospitals having higher Caesarean rates than others.

"Rates of caesarean section are variable across trusts but nearly always higher than the recommended level."'

Caesarean sections are more convinent to doctor and patient, I'll grant you, but wasn't there concern that caesarean sections were also related to higher infection rates? And that they were being over-used?


'Neonatal units are also overstretched and have to turn away babies requiring intensive care and this means the family may have to travel hundreds of miles to another hospital that has a cot. On average units were closed for 14 days in a six month perios but some where closed for three months or more.'

Here you're not just talking about convinence, you're talking about children who are in critical states and need immediate attention! That's just wrong enough to make your liver spasm.

Peace,
Tabs

 
At August 18, 2008 , Blogger Wesley J. Smith said...

I missed you too, Tabs. I was hoping you would return. Welcome back!

 
At May 31, 2009 , Blogger Ianthe said...

Tabs: Congratulations on the new job. I always liked the oil companies. Who says they're the enemy?

Wesley: That was when Mercury was retrograde and about to station redirect. What happened at the conference?

On the birth rate in England: There's no excuse for this regardless of the birth rate, but I'm wondering, has it really declined or is that just for native English people?

 
At May 31, 2009 , Blogger Ianthe said...

The head of the hospital that murdered my mother went head-first over the handlebars of his bike after losing control of it while rounding a bend in a road and is in there now as a patient, may be paralyzed, is aware of his condition, according to a news report I heard last night. He couldn't run a hospital any better than he could a handle a bicycle and I wouldn't be surprised if my mother's spirit, which I've sensed has been active on this plane in the last few days, gave him a push; I hope she visits a whole bunch of other people too; I don't wish him or them well. To whom do the marmalukes responsible for the situation described in this blog section accountable?

Plus just heard on the news that someone shot (and killed, I think) a doctor who does late-term abortions, just after he left church; some churchgoing broad was saying how it was worse because everyone is supposed to be safe in church. I guess she never heard of the womb. Killing them hasn't stopped abortion doctors. But with reference to something that was under discussion on SHS last time I was here, I think the same might have more of an impact on animal experimentation; the researchers are more cowardly than the abortion doctors are.

 
At May 31, 2009 , Blogger Ianthe said...

Not that I mean abortion doctors are brave, or that abortion, let alone late-term abortion, is ok. But I don't think abortion is as bad as what happens to old people in hospitals.

 
At June 01, 2009 , Blogger Ianthe said...

And now look how early it's starting in hospitals.

 
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