Action Against Medical Accidents

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.


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AvMA is calling for a more proactive and robust approach from the CQC to monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Duty of Candour.  In its consultation, the CQC suggests it will "mainly use the new regulations on candour to confirm or encourage good practice through the ratings we give, rather than enforce them directly".  This seems at odds with the fact the Duty of Candour has been made a "fundamental standard".  AvMA welcomes the bulk of the guidance.  The CQC is also consulting on the "fit and proper person test".  Consultation closes on 5th September.  Meanwhile, the consultation on the NMC's new code of practice closes on 11th August.


AvMA welcomes the report of the Royal College of Surgeons on ‘Access to Surgery: A Postcode Lottery?’ ( link this to: )which raises very obvious patient safety issues about the quality of clinical input to the GP commissioning of the surgical services for patients highlighted in the report. 

Chair of AvMA’s trustees, Rita Lewis said: “Patient expectations for surgical referrals are such that all GP’s should at all times be guided by evidence based guidance from the RCS, other surgical speciality organisations and NICE referral criteria. If this was the process, then we could all be assured that the very best clinical advice forms the basis of referrals for surgery for all patients in all areas. The research by the RCS clearly shows that this is not necessarily the case. The Government and NHS England need to investigate further and more widely the procedures for evidence based clinical guidance and criteria that are being used in the Clinical Commissioning Groups for referrals for the entire range of surgical procedures to ensure equity across all CCG’s. Without such an investigation not only are patients’ referrals a potential subject of ‘postcode lottery’ but patients not receiving surgery at the clinically appropriate time raises potential patient safety risks.”


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