Bedsores kill almost as many patients as the MRSA superbug and health chiefs warn the cost of treating sufferers uses four per cent of the entire NHS budget.
The sores – also known as pressure ulcers – cause hundreds of deaths a year, taking hold when bed-bound patients are not regularly turned over or given special mattresses by nurses.
We\’ve known how to prevent bedsores for a long time now.
Chief Executive Peter Walsh said: \”Its down poor nursing care and there should be zero tolerance of bed sores. But sadly they are accepted and it leads to a lot of misery and suffering for patients and their relatives.
\”These are highly preventable. Stopping them is not rocket science. But in many hospitals they happen too easily.\”
So, now that nurses are all professionals, dispensing drugs and doing important stuff, who is doing the nursing?