As NHS Scotland’s standards of care continue to exceed those of NHS England, the Scottish Government does not rest

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As NHS Scotland’s standards of care continues to exceed those of NHS England, the Scottish Government does not rest

See this from February 2017:

‘Out of all the four nations, hospitals in Scotland seem [seem?] to have fared the best.

Weekly data shows four-hour performance in major units hovering around the 90% mark during January.

Much of the credit has been given to the way councils and the health services are working together.

Budgets have been pooled, encouraging a close working relationship to help get frail patients out of hospital by providing extra rehabilitation services in the community.’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38853700

Even the BBC did not dare completely hide the report completely although I’m not sure it made it past the website. However, there’s clearly going to be no resting on laurels. The Scottish Government has just announced a set of Health and Care Standards to formalise the human rights in this respect for Scottish citizens. Here’s an extract from the statement:

‘The standards, ….are focused on improving people’s experience of care and are based on five outcomes:

  • I experience high quality care and support that is right for me.
  • I am fully involved in all decisions about my care and support.
  • I have confidence in the people who support and care for me.
  • I have confidence in the organisation providing my care and support.
  • I experience a high quality environment if the organisation provides the premises.

They are also underpinned by five principles: dignity and respect; compassion; be included; responsive care and support and wellbeing; which reflect the way that everyone should expect to be treated.’

NHS England has a set of standards too. See:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england/the-nhs-constitution-for-england

You clearly need to do something about them as well as just have them.

https://news.gov.scot/news/new-health-and-social-care-standards-1

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