Local hospitals among worst for patient safety

A report published in November placed south east London’s hospitals among the worst in the country for patient safety. The ‘Dr Foster Hospital Guide 2009’ placed the South London Healthcare NHS Trust (SLHT - including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital) in the lowest of 5 groups.

The report raised serious concerns about care for stroke victims in SLHT which made recovery less likely and subsequent disabilities worse. SLHT was one of only three trusts that could not say how many operations were cancelled nor identify on how many occasions a scalpel had been left in a patient.

Cllr Spencer Drury said “After 12 years of Labour, it seems our hospitals are among the least safe in the country. I would work hard to stop the cuts and to ensure that the QE focuses on better treatment.”