Hospitals failing patients
AUSTRALIA’S public and private hospitals have been found wanting in a shock survey that reveals patients are being left in pain and often get no help going to the toilet.
Half of all patients in public hospitals and one in three patients in private hospitals say they were left in pain, a Medibank survey has found.
Fewer than half the patients in public hospitals got help with a bedpan or going to the toilet as soon as they wanted.
In private hospitals, four in 10 patients did not get help with the toilet when needed.
Medibank surveyed 11,000 of its members who had a hospital admission between July 2016 and July 2017.
It wants to use the results to improve patient care and give members information to choose the best hospitals.