THE RCN – CHARLATANS OF NURSING
As long ago as 2008, a study by UCSF university in America showed that for-profit chains of nursing homes had 30% less staff than their non-profit counterparts, a figure which included employing less registered nurses. Not surprisingly, they also had the sickest residents.
The top ten for-profit organisations had 41% more deficiences than their best non-profit counterparts, including failure to prevent pressure sores, resident weight loss, falls, infections, resident mistreatment, poor sanitary conditions, etc.
For-profit organisations which were acquired between 2003 and 2008 by asset-stripping vultures, alias private equity companies, had more deficiencies after being acquired.
The authors of this study called for tough financial sanctions for low staffing and poor quality, which, in subsequent years, have been applied in America. Fines of over 20 million dollars have been levied on nursing home chains for their corporate liability in allowing poor care in a…
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