“It is time for the lives of those needlessly lost in our hospitals to be considered worthy of the utmost consideration.”
Greenville, SC (PRWEB) March 25, 2014
Dr. Ira Williams, author of Find The Black Box says, “NY Times first reported on the Benghazi attack, and death of the US Ambassador, and three other Americans on Sep. 11, 2012 (http://is.gd/z0Lte3). One year later the Journal of Patient Safety published the latest estimate of needless hospital deaths by John James, PhD (http://is.gd/GzKOg3) that estimates more than 400,000 needless hospital deaths annually, and all forms of the government, and major media sources remained passively silent.”
Dr. Williams goes on to say, “The death of an American Ambassador, regardless of cause of that death, is of urgent media attention. But it should be asked how many patients must needlessly die in hospitals year after year, with no evidence of positive measures to reverse that carnage before both the federal and state governments, and major media sources will not only take notice, but demand action? A good place to start should be with the Association of Health Care Journalists (http://is.gd/Tn8gJo).”
In his continuing series of Open Letters (http://is.gd/wdU2CM) regarding what is really wrong with healthcare Dr. Williams will challenge every governmental, and major media source to explain to the public how literally millions of patients could have needlessly died in hospitals during the past several years, and have been doing so for decades, while decision makers, and media watchdogs remain passively silent. Dr. Williams asks, “When is enough, enough?”
Dr. Williams says, “A close review of the efforts to improve the quality of healthcare and patient safety during the past two decades reveals a litany of great promises, and a paucity of positive results. Sporadic media attention, as when Sully Sullenberger, Hero on the Hudson (http://is.gd/26uxXj) gained national attention as a newly qualified patient safety expert, should be considered insufficient coverage for such a long standing, monumental loss of life, particularly when every succeeding estimate is significantly greater than the previous estimate. Both political parties quibble over how to save money in healthcare while ignoring the enormous loss in patients’ lives.” Dr. Williams, in his book Find The Black Box, identifies what has always been missing in healthcare, and how to begin to redirect the efforts to improve the quality of care, and patient safety.