Action against Medical Accidents(AvMA) is the UK charity for patient safety and justice. We provide free and confidential advice and support to people affected by medical accidents, via our helpline and casework service and can refer to our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors or other sources of support where appropriate. HELPLINE: 0845 123 2352 (Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm). AvMA is also the foremost patients' charity working to improve patient safety in the UK.
27.11.14: History made today as "duty of candour" becomes law - more action needed to make nhs cover ups a thing of the past
Today marks an historic moment for the NHS in England. The statutory Duty of Candour - a legal duty to be open and honest with patients or their families when things go wrong that can cause harm – comes into force.
Action against Medical Accidents (“AvMA” – the charity for patient safety & justice) has campaigned for such a duty for two decades and together with the recommendation of such a duty from Sir Robert Francis following the Mid Staffordshire public inquiry, helped persuade Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to agree to it. Successive Governments had refused to go as far as making honesty when things go wrong a statutory requirement. The Duty of Candour applies to all NHS trusts and will be regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which has severe sanctions available for NHS trusts who do not comply including, ultimately, criminal sanctions.
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14.11.14: AvMA RESPONDS TO GMC & NMC’s DUTY OF CANDOUR CONSULTATION - ACTION ON ALL OUR PARTS VITAL IF COVER-UPS ARE TO BE EFFECTIVELY OUTLAWED
Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) is today sharing publically its draft response to the GMC’s and NMC’s consultation on their draft guidance on the ‘professional duty of candour’. The charity is calling on all stakeholders to respond to the consultation similarly in order to ensure the ‘professional duty of candour’ is fit for purpose. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered work on the professional duty of candour, which will be complemented by the new statutory duty of candour on organisations in the wake of the Mid Staffordshire scandal. AvMA has long campaigned for the duty of candour and believes the draft GMC and NMC guidance does not go far enough to protect patients from further ‘cover-ups’. The consultation runs until 5th January 2015.
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23.10.14: PEERS URGED TO DITCH 'DANGEROUS & MISGUIDED' MEDICAL INNOVATION BILL
AvMA is urging peers to ditch or radically amend the Medical Innovation Bill when they debate it in the House of Lords on 24th October.
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17.10.14: AvMA CALLS FOR MORE ROBUST REGULATION OF 'FUNDAMENTAL' STANDARDS
In its response to the CQC consultation on fundamental standards, AvMA calls on the CQC to address the apparent tension between the need to uphold 'fundamental standards' introduced following the Francis report. The public has a legitimate right to expect these standards to be proactively regulated, which does not sit well with the CQC's desire to move away from monitoring compliance to "looking for good". AvMA also calls for clearer guidance around the regulations covering complaints; protecting whistleblowers; and safe care. It says patient safety should be given greater weight, and an organisation should not be able to be rated 'good' overall if it 'requires improvement' on patient safety.
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