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06.03.14: DUTY OF CANDOUR REVIEW - FULL DUTY RECOMMENDED
We welcome the recommendation that a full unrestricted Duty of Candour be introduced. If the Government accepts the recommendation it will be a huge step forward for patients' rights and patient safety.
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Recommendation and final review report can be found here
14.02.14: REPORT FINDS CQC ‘BLIND SPOT’ RE: PATIENT SAFETY ALERTS
A new report by AvMA Implementation, Monitoring and Regulation of Patient Safety Alerts has found that Care Quality Commission is failing to take any action over NHS trusts who fail to implement patient safety alerts. Although overall compliance with alerts has improved dramatically since the charity started publishing reports on this, information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act established that even the trust with the worst record - Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - had not received a single warning from the CQC or any other body over its non-compliance. Southend had failed to comply with a total of 7 alerts as at the end of January 2014. Two of these alerts were five years past the deadline for completion, and a further two were over three years past the deadline. Despite this the trust board had not even discussed its non-compliance with alerts and on its website, the CQC gives a complete bill of health to the trust. Click here for full press release
13.02.14: GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO COSMETIC TREATMENT REPORT "TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE"
The Government's response to Sir Bruce Keogh's recommendations for overhauling the cosmetic treatment industry is welcome as far as it goes, but overall is ""too little, too late". We have had to advise and support people who have been harmed by sub-standard cosmetic treatment, and submitted evidence to Sir Bruce's review.
Whilst the Government has accepted the vast majority of Sir Bruce's report "in principle", it has not committed to full regulation of the industry or ensuring appropriate avenues for redress for patients who have been harmed. For full Press Release click here
07.02.14: SUPPORT FOR FULL DUTY OF CANDOUR GROWS
The General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council are the latest bodies to tell the review looking at the statutory Duty of Candour to include any significant harm. They join the CQC, Royal College of Nursing and leading patients' organisations headed by AvMA. Read AvMA's briefing on the Duty of Candour. The review was ordered by Jeremy Hunt after AvMA objected to plans to restrict the duty to fatal and severe permanent disability cases only.
31.01.14: PATIENTS IN SOUTH WALES DEMAND ACTION OVER NEGLECT AND DISHONESTY
AvMA is supporting over a hundred families in South Wales who have grave concerns about safety and the management of hospitals run by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board. There is mounting pressure on Health Minister, Mark Drakeford, to launch a full inquiry and take special measures. Over a hundred people attended a public meeting arranged by AvMA in Bridgend on 30th January. Read our summary of the meeting.
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