10/03/2013

Do you Trust the NHS*

I don’t know what it’s like where you live but over the last few months it seems whenever I watch the local news it’s as if the news is just full of stories where something has gone wrong in the NHS. Every other week it’s as if another hospital is under investigation because their staff haven’t looked after patients properly in some cases things have gone seriously wrong because of medical negligence. 

We put a hell of a lot of trust in to the NHS, I know that I would not be able to pay to go private for medical care and I will be honest it does worry me that if Thomas, myself or my husband needed medical care under the NHS could I trust them to look after us properly. I know not all hospitals and hospital staff are to blame for the mistrust in the NHS but when you see figures in articles such as this it doesn’t really help to restore faith in the NHS.

As I said I know the cases that are reported are the worst to try and scare monger people but the fact that those cases even exist is terrible. When I had Thomas I received the best care from our local maternity ward, even when the birth didn’t go to plan we couldn’t fault the care we received and I know we were extremely lucky but luck shouldn’t really come in to it should it? If we put our lives in these peoples hands shouldn’t we expect to be looked after properly?

You may remember a few months back when my cousin was misdiagnosed with chicken pox when he actually had meningitis it was only because my auntie had seen chicken pox before that she knew it was something more serious. When this happened we told my auntie she should have taken the matter further but at the time she was just relieved that my cousin’s illness was caught in time and he finally got the treatment he needed to save his life. I’m not alone either as nearly 30% of people know somebody treated poorly by the NHS according to a recent survey. This worries me as a new parent. Would I be able to differentiate between the two if it happened to Thomas? You want to be able to trust what healthcare professionals are telling you but it’s hard to with news like this.

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4 comments:

  1. I've been hearing a lot of bad things too regarding the NHS recently. It's worrying when you put your trust in them that things go wrong. http://www.joannavictoria.co.uk/

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  2. I don't trust the NHS at all.....Not now!! When I had my youngest by c-section they didn't numb me properly....It hurt a lot and they missed my girls heart problems until my eldest was 7 and they only found out by accident! My youngest jamming her finger in a door and had to have it set straight and while being operated on the anaesthetist noticed there was something wrong with her heart rate...If he hadn't of noticed we were told by their teen years there heart would of just given up and they would of just dropped down dead....So no I do not trust the NHS...lol

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  3. I lost faith after a health visitor saw blood in my six week old sons sick and tried to reassure me I didn't need to see a GP as he was happy and putting on weight. Of course I went to GP and following day ended up in A&E. To cut a long story short my 6 week old needed an operation! I complained about that health visitor as I wouldn't want the same thing happening to anyone else because they trusted that health professional. Always trust your own instincts!

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  4. I think a lot of people have lost faith in the NHS, which is why there are so many negligence claims. In two instances I've been wrongly diagnosed - first I was told I had a stomach ache, when I actually had appendicitis and secondly a kidney infection was missed. Both times I ended up in hospital... Laura

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