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.
29.11.13: DUTY OF CANDOUR: RCN AND HEALTHWATCH JOIN CALL TO INCLUDE ALL SIGNIFICANT INCIDENTS
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Healthwatch England (the official national body for patients) have both called for the new statutory Duty of Candour to cover all incidents of significant harm. Jeremy Hunt agreed to review the previously intended restriction to fatal and severe harm/permanent disability cases after representations from AvMA. A range of bodies including National Voices (the umbrella group for patients' charities) and Patients First (the whistleblower support group) have already backed AvMA's calls for the restriction to be lifted. Mr. Hunt is due to decide before Christmas.
Read our briefing on why the Duty of Candour should cover all incidents causing significant harm.
19.11.13: JEREMY HUNT AGREES TO “THINK AGAIN” ABOUT RESTRICTION OF DUTY OF CANDOUR
The so called “Duty of Candour” - one of the flagship policies announced today by Jeremy Hunt in response to the Francis report on Mid Staffordshire - is to be re-thought following pressure from AvMA. AvMA and other patients’ groups were furious that the duty of candour – a legal duty on healthcare organisations to be open and honest with patients whom they have harmed – is to be restricted only to cases where death or severe permanent injury is known to have been caused under current plans. They pointed out that this would mean that the vast majority of incidents which cause significant harm would not be covered by this rule, meaning that organisations would be breaking no statutory rule in covering up such incidents. More…
AvMA RECRUITING TRUSTEES
Due to recent retirement of trustees, AvMA is looking to recruit new trustees to join its board. This is a voluntary position but all out-of-pocket expenses are paid. In addition to a strong commitment to the aims of AvMA and relevant experience, we are looking for people who can add diversity to the board which is currently light on younger adults; people from ethnic minority backgrounds; and disabled people. Click the following for more information: Role Description.
If you are interested please write in with your CV and covering letter explaining why you would like to be a trustee and how you think you could contribute: Trustee Position, AvMA, Freedman House, Christopher Wren Yard, 117 High Street, Croydon CR0 1QG.
RESEARCH PROJECT ON ADVERSE DRUG REACTIONS:
THE MEDWAY SCHOOL OF PHARMACY, UNIVERSITY OF EXETER MEDICAL SCHOOL AND THE CENTRE FOR HEALTH AND SOCIAL STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENT ARE UNDERTAKING A RESEARCH PROJECT ON PATIENTS' EXPERIENCES OF A SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTION TO A MEDICINE.
If you would be interested in taking part in their research project please click here
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