Every beginner needs a place to ply their trade, a starting point where mistakes are tolerated and the occasional slip-up brushed under the rug. But for doctors, training hospitals still require the utmost professionalism and an expansive knowledge of their field. One miscalculated dosage or errant syringe and a patient could suffer.
That’s why news that Bradford Teaching Hospitals have made improvements is heartening – but inspectors have still flagged various areas for concern.
Inspectors gave the Bradford hospital a “room for improvement” rating, after a less than adequate inspection in 2014.
Amongst the criticisms were staff shortages and lengthy waiting times for patients, as well as poor integration of care models.
Chief inspector of hospitals Professor Sir Mike Richards, “Since our last inspection in 2014, we have found some real improvements in some of the core services – notably in critical care services and outpatients and diagnostic and imaging.
“Changes across outpatient services included a strengthening of governance arrangements and the introduction of improved training and development, which has been having a positive impact.”
The inspectors also noted a number of problems with hygiene processes, which can include everything from hand hygiene to waste disposal.
All this places a large question mark over the quality of training provided in Braford’s hospital. If doctors are being taught poorly and informed by their shoddy surroundings, it’s unlikely that the state of care in the NHS will improve.
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