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.
04.09.14: AvMA CALLS FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO DUTY OF CANDOUR PLANs
AvMA's response to the CQC consultation on its draft guidance has called for a more robust and proactive approach from the CQC to assure itself that organisations are complying. AvMA also suggest the evidence should collect and propose a programme of training and awareness raising. The practicality of enforcing the "Fit and Proper" person regulations is questioned.
22.08.14: GMC REFORM PROPOSALS welcome BUT NOT ENOUGH
AvMA welcomes the GMC proposals announced today overall. Getting rid of the red tape that prevents the GMC taking action over some doctors it finds have seriously breached acceptable standards is particularly welcome. However, the proposal to force doctors to 'apologise' is misguided. A forced apology is no real apology. Instead the GMC should be tougher over breaches of the 'duty of candour' (involvement in cover-ups) but take into account genuine insight and genuine openness and apologies when mistakes have been made. There is also a need for more wholesale reform of health professional regulation, putting patients and patient safety at the centre. It is regrettable that the Government could not find time in this parliament for the long overdue health professional regulation Bill.
20.08.14: NEW REPORT CONFIRMS PRIVATE HEALTHCARE NEEDS BETTER REGULATION
We welcome the report published today by the Centre for Health and Public Interest (CHPI), "Patient Safety in Private Hospitals - the known and unknown risks". AvMA hopes this report will lead to a more robust and consistent approach to monitoring and regulating the private health sector, and more transparency.
To read AvMA ceo Peter Walsh's blog click here http://chpi.org.uk/patient-safety-private-hospitals/
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14.08.14: CQC INTRODUCES GP PRACTICE REGULATION SYSTEM
AvMA welcomes the announcement today of how the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will monitor, inspect and rate GP practices and take action over poorly performing practices. AvMA chief executive Peter Walsh said:
"This is a step in the right direction and well overdue. GPs provide a vitally important service and the vast majority do it extremely well. However, these services should be subject to the same rigorous scrutiny and be held to account if necessary, just as we would expect with a hospital."
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