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Posted Friday, 3 April 2009 at 11:39
I'm on my way to appear on the Daily Politics Show at 12.15 to talk about the new Quality Care Commission, which came into operation this week; otherwise known as the new 'super regulator' responsible for the monitoring of hygiene levels within our hospitals.

The recently appointed Chair of this organisation   is one Cynthia Bower.

Her previous job was as Chair of the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority,  responsible for Stafford (Mid Staffs) hospital; where patients are reported to have been left screaming in agony for hours, and were so desperate for water they drank out of flower vases, during her tenure.

 The then Healthcare Commission published a damning report on "appalling standards of care at Mid Staffs, which put patients at risk."  Between 400 and 1,200 more people died at the trust than would have been expected between April 2005 and March 2008.

Allegedly, when the problem first came to light it appears the priority of the SHA was to undermine and rubbish the source of the information, rather than deal with the very serious and acute problem of patients dying untimely and painful deaths.

When the problem was addressed it was thought appropriate to put in place more administrators to deal with how hospital statistics are reported.

Not nurses to care or doctors to diagnose: administrators.

Now the Secretary of State for Health, Alan Johnson, has felt it appropriate that the Chair of the SHA who was responsible for the debacle at Stafford should be in the Chair of the new super regulator.

Zero confidence there then for ordinary people like us, who want hospital infections to become a thing of the past; but a great comfort to Alan Johnson who knows that if he needs to appoint more admin staff, or have the source of bad news attacked,  he may believe he has just the right woman in the chair.

Andrew said:
Responded: Friday, 3 April 2009
I fully agree with you Nadine, I am just composing a letter to Babarba Young about here comments on how she intends to fine hospitals, great take more money from the patients and servcoes then. Take if from the staff and wake them up!! Keep up the good work Nadine....
Adam said:
Responded: Friday, 3 April 2009
OMG! I had no idea that the head of the new super-regulator was coming from the er.. problematic SHA. Bye bye Britain, hello Lalaland! Thanks for your campaign Nadine. Even to a layman like me what you say is obvious. I think everyone has experienced or heard about the absurd visiting arrangements in some Hospitals.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 3 April 2009
This is a scandal isn't it? Why are we allowing this to happen?
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