GMC responds to ‘Freedom to Speak Up’ review

An independent review into creating an open and honest culture in the NHS has been welcomed by the General Medical Council (GMC). The review, led by Sir Robert Francis QC, provides many recommendations as to how to create a culture in which NHS staff feel safe to make disclosures about any aspect of the quality of care, malpractice or wrongdoing at work without fear of recrimination. The team undertaking the review spoke to individual NHS workers, as well as with employers, trade unions, professional... Readmore

A&E waiting time target missed by widest margin ever

Figures released today by NHS England show that the four-hour A&E waiting time target has been missed by the widest margin since it was first introduced 10 years ago. Many, including the GMB, the union for NHS and ambulance staff, have said that the figures are unsurprising and make clear that patients and staff are paying the price for the government’s failure to manage and invest sufficiently in the NHS. Today’s figures adds to the unwelcome news yesterday that eight hospitals have... Readmore

Colchester Hospital in crisis after major incident declared

A major incident has been declared at Colchester General Hospital following a surprise inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The inspection, which took place on Wednesday (12 November) and focused on A&E and the emergency assessment unit, found that patients were being inappropriately restrained and sedated.  Claims have also been made that patients were advised to go to A&E only if their condition was serious or life threatening. A previous visit to Colchester Hospital... Readmore

Government urged to act over lack of clinical trial transparency

The Science and Technology Committee has described the current lack of transparency of many clinical trials as ‘unacceptable’ and is calling on the Government to take action. “Many of the trials taking place today are unregistered and unpublished, meaning that the information that they generate remains invisible to both the scientific community and the public,” said Committee Chair Andrew Miller MP. He continued: “This is unacceptable, undermining public trust, slowing the pace of medical... Readmore

Healthcare systems ‘no longer fit for purpose’ says commission

England’s health and social care systems are no longer fit for purpose and are in need of 'a new settlement' to meet the needs of 21st century patients and service users according to a new report by an independent commission. The interim report from the Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England – established by The King's Fund – states that: ‘There are three serious failures of alignment in England’s current health and social care system – a lack of alignment of entitlements,... Readmore

Cervical cancer screening pilot gets go-ahead

A pilot cervical cancer screening programme which has the potential to identify women who may be at risk more accurately has been given the go-ahead by the UK National Screening Committee (NSC). Following a meeting of the Committee some weeks ago, a number of recommendations on screening have now been made. These include the introduction of a pilot to examine the feasibility of a new approach to screening for cervical disease and the age at which to start cervical screening. Dr Anne Mackie,... Readmore

BHF urges greater patient/pharmacist dialogue

One in three UK adults are unaware that their pharmacist can provide information on conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol according to figures released this week by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Furthermore, the charity is urging a greater dialogue to be established between patients and pharmacists so that medication requirements are dealt with accurately and a high level of quality healthcare is reached and maintained. To this end, the BHF has launched a new campaign... Readmore

European Parliament plays host to Patient Outcomes debate

A policy debate to raise awareness of intensive care medicine and its contributions to patient outcomes and health systems took place this week (15 May 2012) at the European Parliament. Entitled Improving Patient Outcomes through Intensive Care Medicine, the debate was organised by the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine's (ESICM), in collaboration with the European Public Health Alliance, and involved policy makers, stakeholders from NGOs and patient organisations, industry representatives,... Readmore

Private provider fined over safety failings

Private healthcare provider Nuffield Health has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered a fractured kneecap at the Ipswich Hospital. Mrs Shelagh Allen was working in the clinic room of a ward at the Hospital on 5 May 2011 when the incident happened. Mrs Allen entered the room (which had just been wet-mopped) after completing a patient drugs round and fell badly on her right knee causing a multiple fracture of her kneecap. Her knee was operated on at the hospital that same... Readmore
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