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Quality Of NHS Hospitals Getting Dirtier Despite Promises

NHS hospitals are getting dirtier despite promises, claimed patients in a survey despite the government promises to tackle the dirty wards//.

The annual NHS patients survey has found high levels of general satisfaction with the health service. But, when more specific questions were asked of the 80,000 people who took part a different picture emerged. Only about 52% claimed that their ward ha been ‘very clean’ as compared to 56% in 2002. While at least 51% said that their lavatories were ‘very clean’ in 2002 the figures sharply fell to less than half, about 46% in the current statistics.

The survey further showed that almost 40% of patients who needed help with eating meals did not get it and nearly one in five said they never received any help. The polls showed that only 60% felt that there were enough or nearly enough nurses around. The poll also showed that while the condition in other areas were deterioting the general feelings about the food served there was the same, with 54% saying that it was good or very good, while a third felt it was fair and 15% claiming it was poor.

Another area of growing concern reported in the poll was that, with the current trend of patients spending lesser time recovering in hospital after surgery, they felt that there is a lack of information they received before they were discharged. It showed that almost two fifth received no information about side effects of their drugs, 40% were given no information about "danger signals" after surgery and a quarter were given no contact number in case they were worried on their return home. In accident and emergency departments a quarter, compared with a third in 2002, waited more than four hours before being given a bed.

But almost, 92% rated the overall care as "excellent", "very good" or "good" and 80% to have been treated with dignity. Ms Anna Walker, the chief executive of the Government watchdog, the Healthcare Commission, which commissio
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