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  • Government plans to limit duty of candour

    October 18, 2013

    It was revealed in the House of Lords this week that the Government plans to restrict the much heralded statutory Duty of Candour to only fatal cases of those that cause “severe harm” as defined by the NHS (essentially those resulting in permanent disability).  This would mean that the vast majority of cases which cause […]

  • NHS in Wales not doing enough to protect patients

    September 30, 2013

    A review of Welsh Health Boards’ compliance with Patient Safety Alerts has found that not a single health board has complied with all alerts which are already past the deadline. Read full Press Release Read AvMA’s Report published today

  • New legal director and new office for AVMA

    August 19, 2013

    AvMA is delighted to announce the appointment of Lisa O’Dwyer as the charity’s new Director of Medico-Legal Services.  Lisa is an experienced clinical negligence solicitor and had already made her mark at AvMA by developing its vitally important and successful inquest support service.  The change co-incides with AvMA’s move to new offices in Croydon.

  • Berwick report does not “trump” Francis

    August 6, 2013

    The report on patient safety by Prof Don Berwick published today is welcome, in as far as it goes, but must not be used as an excuse to avoid recommendations from the Francis report following Mid Staffs, which the Government may be uncomfortable with. Professor Berwick and his committee’s report was pulled together in a […]

  • Keogh report too late for thousands of patients

    July 16, 2013

    AvMA is calling for urgent changes to regulation of the NHS and implementation of key recommendation from the Francis inquiry,following the publication of the Keogh report today. AvMA chief executive Peter Walsh said: “It is scandalous that patients have lost their lives needlessly or been caused misery due to failings in basic care and the […]

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