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Is this the face of governemnt run healthcare?
Poor staffing levels and or bad decisions by same can happen regardless of whom is paying.
Unlike much of the United States, the UK still maintains a strong independent coroner, inquest and post mortem system toshed light upon "unexplained" or deaths that otherwise shouldn't have occured. OTHO here in the US the number of autospies outside of criminal investigation have been falling for years. Indeed many hospitals have long disbanded such departments leaving everything to the local ME's office, and even there recources are often stretched.
At last count the number of patient deaths due to "medical/nursing errors" is about 200,000, but since those are only reported numbers the exact toll is likely much higher. Nor does that number here include IIRC deaths from poor nursing care. Bedsores for instance are entirely preventable and often an indication of poor nursing service. Yet if the UK report as stated above has nearly 100 such deaths, one wonders what would be found in US facilities.
As the saying goes, we see what we look for.
Coroners, post-mortems and inquests : Directgov - Government, citizens and rights