MP Ann Clwyd raises her NHS concerns to Cameron
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He said: "There is no silver bullet and no magic wand, but some simple steps, such as asking every hospital to carry out a friends and family test, asking the patients and the staff whether they would be happy for their family or friends to be treated in that hospital, can make a real difference. So can hourly rounding, which is not something to do with statistics but the idea that the nurse should be there by the bedside of elderly patients once an hour checking that they have had water and something to eat, that they do not have bedsores and that they are properly looked after. We should not have to dictate those things, but a proper conversation with our nursesâ€”who are angels to a vast degreeâ€”can get the situation sorted out for all our relatives."
Let's hope that Mr Cameron's assurances lead to improvements in the standard of care provided to all patients, young and old.
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