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  • AvMA comment on the Government’s response to the Justice Committee’s first report on The Coroner Service

    September 14, 2021

    The Justice Committee’s report on the Coroner’s Service published on 27th May contained several welcome recommendations.  However, three key recommendations stood out for us and many other organisations and charities.  Chief among these was the recommendation that “The Ministry of Justice should by 1 October 2021, for all inquests where public authorities are legally represented, make sure […]

  • Response to Justice Committee report on the Coroner’s Service

    July 21, 2021

    AvMA is pleased with the recommendations made by the Justice Committee in their report on the coroners service published on 27th May 2021. We, along with many other organisations believe it is important that government is fully aware of the strength of support for these recommendations, and to that end we have written a collective […]

  • Cautious welcome to Select Committee report on maternity services

    July 8, 2021

    AvMA has given a cautious welcome to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee report on maternity services in England published on 6th July. AvMA chief executive Peter Walsh said: “The report is spot on about many of the challenges faced by maternity services in England and the urgent need to improve safety […]

  • AvMA welcomes Justice Committee’s report on the Coroner’s Service

    May 27, 2021

    The report makes important recommendations for change, in our view there are three key recommendations which offer an opportunity for significant improvements to healthcare inquests. These recommendations if implemented, should enable the coroner’s court to fulfil its potential as an effective forum for change. The first recommendation is for the introduction of a new body […]

  • Free webinar “Successful Engagement with Healthcare Providers After a Serious Incident”

    May 25, 2021

    AvMA is working with Making Families Count, an organisation that aims to improve outcomes for families affected by serious harm and traumatic bereavements in health and social care services. Their vision is that the NHS, social care and other public bodies will make families count by ensuring that families are integral to health and social […]

  • AvMA welcomes new trustees

    April 20, 2021

    AvMA is delighted to announce that four new trustees and two trainee trustees have joined the board from April 2021. The innovative option to join as a “trainee trustee” was established for those with a keen interest in the charity and qualities to offer who may as yet lack experience of boards, committees, governance etc […]

  • Health professional regulation reforms could be a missed opportunity

    April 8, 2021

    The Government has opened a public consultation on its proposals to ‘modernise’ health professional regulation ( the roles of the GMC, NMC etc) in a document called Regulating health professionals, protecting the public. AvMA welcomes the consultation but has some serious concerns about the lack of attention to the ‘protecting the public’ aspect. These proposals […]

  • NHS urged to create a ‘Harmed Patient Pathway’

    February 11, 2021

    AvMA is pleased to be working with the Harmed Patients Alliance (HPA) with the aim of defining a Harmed Patient Pathway – a nationally agreed range of support that patients or their families can expect to be available following avoidable harm. This stems from the experience of patients and families who have experienced avoidable harm and […]

  • AvMA appoints new Chair

    December 9, 2020

    At its AGM on 8th December AvMA elected a new Chair, Moi Ali. The appointment comes as the previous chair, Suzanne Shale, stepped down from being a trustee of the charity following her appointment to the board of the GMC. Moi has been a trustee of AvMA since 2018 and has a wealth of experience […]

  • AvMA statement re the Dixon Inquiry report by Dr Bill Kirkup CBE

    November 26, 2020

    Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) welcomes the report published today into the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of 11 month old Elizabeth Dixon in December 2001. AvMA chief executive Peter Walsh said: “Our thoughts are with Mr and Mrs Dixon. Without their remarkable strength and determination these revelations would never have come to light. The […]