Hospitals fail­ing pa­tients

Sunday Mail - - NEWS -

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.

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