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    August 22, 2014

    AvMA welcomes the GMC proposals announced today overall. Getting  rid of the red tape that prevents the GMC taking action over some doctors it finds have seriously breached acceptable standards is particularly welcome. However, the proposal to force doctors to ‘apologise’ is misguided. A forced apology is no real apology. Instead the GMC should be tougher […]

  • New report confirms private healthcare needs better regulation

    August 20, 2014

    We welcome the report published today by the Centre for Health and Public Interest (CHPI), “Patient Safety in Private Hospitals – the known and unknown risks”. AvMA hopes this report will lead to a more robust and consistent approach to monitoring and regulating the private health sector, and more transparency. Read AvMA CEO Peter Walsh’s blog Read a […]

  • CQC introduces GP practice regulation system

    August 14, 2014

    AvMA welcomes the announcement today of how the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will monitor, inspect and rate GP practices and take action over poorly performing practices. AvMA chief executive Peter Walsh said: “This is a step in the right direction and well overdue. GPs provide a vitally important service and the vast majority do it […]

  • CQC ‘duty of candour’ guidance and NMC code consultations

    July 28, 2014

    AvMA is calling for a more proactive and robust approach from the CQC to monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Duty of Candour.  In its consultation, the CQC suggests it will “mainly use the new regulations on candour to confirm or encourage good practice through the ratings we give, rather than enforce them directly”.  This […]

  • Many CCGs ignoring surgical evidence

    July 15, 2014

    AvMA welcomes the report of the Royal College of Surgeons on ‘Access to Surgery: A Postcode Lottery?’ 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 […]

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