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.
15.07.14: MANY CCGs IGNORING SURGICAL EVIDENCE
AvMA welcomes the report of the Royal College of Surgeons on ‘Access to Surgery: A Postcode Lottery?’ ( link this to: http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/news/many-ccgs-are-ignoring-clinical-evidence-in-their-surgical-commissioning-policies )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.”
30.06.14: MEDICAL INNOVATION BILL REMAINS A THREAT
Lord Saatchi's controversial Medical Innovation Bill survived the 2nd reading in the House of Lords on 27th June and will now progress to the committee stage. AvMA and others have deemed the Bill dangerous and unnecessary and a threat to patient safety and justice. Read Peter Walsh's blog about the Bill. Also see AvMA's briefing on the Bill.
The Bill has some heavy-weight supporters and is backed by a well resourced, disingenuous and emotive media campaign. AvMA urges all its supporters to use what influence they have and write to their MP asking for the Bill to be scrapped.
25.06.14: INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF WHISTLEBLOWING TO BE LED BY ROBERT FRANCIS QC
AvMA has welcomed the news that the Secretary of State for Health has asked Robert Francis QC to conduct an independent review "to consider what further action is necessary to protect NHS workers who speak out in the public interest and help create the kind of open culture that is needed to ensure safer care for patients".
25.06.14: NEW PATIENT SAFETY CAMPAIGN AND WEBSITE LAUNCHED
A new campaign "Sign up to Safety" has been launched by Jeremy Hunt, aimed at saving 6,000 lives a year (half the estimated number of deaths each year in England due to lapses in patient safety). there is also a new patient safety section of the NHS Choices website which now carries information on the rate of reporting incidents by NHS trusts; compliance with
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