No way in for disabled people
IS a hospital a place where people are cared for or a piece of architecture?
In the case of the BRI in Bristol there seems to be absolutely no question.
My father is 93, can barely walk, has Alzheimer's disease and therefore cannot be left on his own and needed an emergency scan for suspected cancer.
The staff at the hospital were brilliant but there was just one problem, there is absolutely no way you can get someone with disabilities into the BRI at the moment.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
The priority for a glossy new building means that there are no dropping- off points and no disabled parking (although I dare say the chief executive of the trust still has his space).
If a surgeon lost sight of the need to keep his patient alive and solely concentrated on nice incisions he would soon find himself in trouble, but a chief executive can give the go-ahead to a building project that totally disregards the need for sick patients to be able to get into hospital.
When we look at terrible cases such as that of the Mid-Staffs Hospital it is easy to blame the front-line staff but from what is going on the BRI at the moment it is clear to see that the problems in the NHS are much more fundamental than that.
When we forget that a good hospital is about patients and not buildings we are on a slippery slope that is bound to lead to trouble.