Hospital questionnaire designed to give health bosses the answers they want

Issue 577

CONSULTATION on cutting some hospital services is rigged to give health chiefs the answers they want, a Mirfield resident has claimed.

Margaret Chamberlain, of Park Drive, feels a questionnaire is worded in a way that makes changes at Dewsbury District Hospital more likely.

The retired former civil service procurement officer is one of thousands of people who have received the ‘Meeting the Challenge’ booklet. Dewsbury District Hospital may have its A&E and maternity units downgraded under plans proposed by the Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

The questionnaire, which is also available online, asks people to rate various statements as either ‘very important’, ‘fairly important’, ‘not very important’ or ‘not at all important’.

Among the criteria participants are asked to assess are:

Getting the best results from your treatment;

Knowing that services are safe;

Hospitals working as efficiently as possible.

Mrs Chamberlain said: “I think the questionnaire’s biased. From reading it, I’d say it’s been designed to give the trust the answers it wants.

“Everybody’s going to answer ‘very important’ to just about everything. Who would say they don’t want good care or would prefer inefficient hospitals?”

She added the booklet has little information about the downgrading and said: “It’s A5 in size and there’s lots of nice glossy photos.

“But there’s no detail. I think it’s very superficial. A lot of people reading it might not know what’s being proposed.”

For more details on the plans and how they might affect you, see www.          meetingthechallenge.co.uk.

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