April 24, 2017
The Department of Health has dropped controversial plans to impose ‘safe space’ provisions on local investigations following strong concerns expressed by AvMA and other stakeholders in response to its consultation at the end of last year.
March 14, 2017
AvMA Chief Executive has written a blog for the Centre for Health and the Public Interest asking “Will limiting the costs in clinical negligence claims make patients less safe?”
March 3, 2017
AvMA cautiously welcomes the Department of Health’s plans to introduce a “Rapid Resolution & Redress” scheme for brain damaged children as an alternative to litigation.
Capping legal costs in clinical negligence will make the NHS less safe and deny access to justice for deserving casesJanuary 30, 2017
AvMA is warning that Department of Health proposals for capping legal costs recoverable in clinical negligence case lack compassion and understanding of the plight of people affected by negligent treatment
Dismay and disappointment at Department of Health pressing ahead with plans cap costs in clinical negligence without waiting to see the evidence or considering the implicationsJanuary 29, 2017
AvMA is warning that Department of Health proposals for capping legal costs recoverable in clinical negligence cases, due to be published this week, could have serious unintended consequences for access to justice and for patient safety.
January 24, 2017
35 years ago Peter Ransley’s Play for Today “Minor Complications” was broadcast. The shocking story of the way medical negligence was covered up in the health service led Peter and his wife to form AvMA.
December 13, 2016
AvMA welcomes the publication of the CQC review of the investigation of deaths, which is a damning indictment of how the NHS identifies, reports, investigates and learns from deaths of patients.
December 7, 2016
AvMA Chief Executive Peter Walsh, writing in the HSJ, has warned that whilst protecting staff from inappropriate actions from bad employers is a good thing, preventing patients/families from knowing the full truth would have serious unintended consequences.
Department of Health proposal to apply ‘safe space’ arrangements to all safety investigations could legitimise ‘cover-ups’November 11, 2016
AvMA is calling on everyone who shares its concerns to respond to the consultation. The closing date is December 16th.
October 27, 2016 | Latest
AvMA welcomes new guidance on obtaining informed consent issued today by the Royal College of Surgeons. The guidance re-states existing good practice pointing out that it is now mandatory following the landmark legal case of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board. AvMA chief executive Peter Walsh said:
“This clear guidance is very welcome and is a reminder that doctors need to be given the time and resources to enable them to share decision making meaningfully with patients. Each patient needs to be treated as an individual and be enabled to make fully informed decisions about their treatment, which can have life changing implications for them.”