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.
27.03.15: PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION SELECT COMMITTEE REPORT: INVESTIGATING CLINICAL INCIDENTS IN THE NHS
AvMA welcomes the publication today of the Public Administration Select Committee’s report “Investigating Clinical Incidents in the NHS”. AvMA provided written evidence to the committee and AvMA chief executive Peter Walsh gave evidence in person and is quoted extensively in the report. AvMA supports the principle of a special independent agency with the expertise to carry out high quality investigations into serious incidents and support good quality investigations at a local level, but warns that the detailed plans need to be worked on very carefully. AvMA also welcomes the committee’s recognition of the need for urgent improvements to the ombudsman’s service. Mr Walsh said “we welcome the central recommendation for a specialist independent agency to investigate serious incidents, and hope that it will also drive up the quality of investigations across the NHS, which is much needed. However, the devil will be in the detail and careful consideration needs to be given to the criteria for when the agency will be responsible for investigating, and the relationship between these investigations and complaints investigations. We are pleased that the committee has accepted our advice that it would be wrong to make evidence to investigations legally privileged and instead we recommend legal immunity for witnesses for what they say. We cannot forget that every incident has a patient and their family at its centre and they have the right to know all the facts and use them as they see fit.”
05.03.2015: GOVERNMENT PLAN TO WATER DOWN THE DUTY OF CANDOUR FOR PRIMARY CARE AND PRIVATE HEALTHCARE
AvMA will today make a public demand for the Government to change controversial plans to water down the statutory Duty of Candour that will apply to providers of NHS primary care (GPs, dentists and pharmacists) and in private healthcare.
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03.03.2015: MORECAMBE BAY REPORT HIGHLIGHTS REPEATED FAILURES TO BE OPEN & HONEST
AvMA welcomes Professor Kirkup's report published today, but has called for action at a national level to ensure individual maternity services, regulators and the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman learn from the tragedy at Morecambe Bay. For full Press Release click here
01.03.2015: MEDICAL INNOVATION BILL AVERTED
AvMA welcomes reports that the Medical Innovation Bill will not proceed and that instead there will be an independent review to report on what the real barriers to medical innovation might be and how it can be supported. That is something AvMA had argued was a better approach all along. The majority of leading patients' and doctors' organisations agree that the Bill, whilst well intended, was unnecessary and harmful to patient safety. No patient will miss out as a result of the Bill being lost and the independent review offers real opportunities for improvements. Ideally the Bill should have been rejected through the parliamentary process but in effect it has run out of time. It would have been wrong to make a special case for this Bill to leapfrog all other private members' Bills.
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