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Is the Government trying to bury bad news?
by Peter Walsh, AvMA Chief Executive, September 2020
Is the Government oblivious to the avoidable harm caused to non-COVID patients as a result of disruption to health services during the pandemic? Or worse, is it trying to bury bad news?
Urgent action required to prevent avoidable harm and deaths amongst non COVID-19 patients
by Peter Walsh, AvMA Chief Executive, June 2020
The Government must urgently open up services for non-COVID patients or risk avoidable harm to thousands
Saving lives threatened by COVID19 is rightly a priority, but many more can be saved by improving patient safety
by Peter Walsh, AvMA Chief Executive, April 2020
AvMA’s Chief Executive shares some thoughts about what the COVID19 outbreak could mean for patient safety
When will we see a genuine step-change in patient safety?
By Simon Elliman, Royds Withy King, November 2019
When the Chief Inspector of Hospitals at the Care Quality Commission says there has been “little progress” in patient safety over the past 20 years, can anything be done which will make a real difference?
Clinical Negligence: Human cost of avoidable NHS errors outweighs financial cost
Reflecting on the human cost of medical negligence
by Potter Rees Dolan Solicitors, October 2019
A fresh approach to patient safety?
What AvMA is hoping for from the imminent new patient safety strategy for England from NHS Improvement.
by Peter Walsh, AvMA Chief Executive, June 2019
Mediating clinical claims: a mediator’s eye view
Tony Allen explains the added value that the mediation process can unexpectedly offer in clinical negligence claims.
by Tony Allen, Allen Mediates, May 2019
Cutting compensation for those maimed by the NHS would be ‘hideously unfair’
Without legal challenges the NHS would continue in the belief it had done nothing seriously wrong, and opportunities for learning and future prevention would be lost.
by Peter Walsh, AvMA Chief Executive, February 2018
What kind of workplace culture do we want?
How understanding the efficiency thoroughness trade-off can help to improve patient safety
By Dame Professor Donna Kinnair, Director of Nursing Policy and Practice at the Royal College of Nursing, August 2017
Two reports challenging failings in the current health safety management system
Two important reports have wide implications, showing how slow the learning is and related failure by oversight bodies
By Richard von Abendorff, Patient Safety Campaigner, September 2016
Better regulation is needed for duty of candour to fulfil its potential
AvMA’s report on how the CQC has so far regulated the duty of candour makes mostly for depressing reading
by Peter Walsh, AvMA Chief Executive, August 2016
The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch: Glass half full or half empty?
We welcome the creation of the new body but raise some concerns
by Peter Walsh, AvMA Chief Executive, June 2016
Is criminal prosecution of doctors harming patient safety?
A look at the rising number of prosecutions of healthcare professionals
by Barbara Ross, AvMA trustee, former professional nurse and a member of NHS England’s primary care patient safety group, May 2016
The current legal duty of candour
The continuing campaign for ‘Robbie’s Law’
by Will Powell, Robbie’s Law Trust, April 2016
Recognising ‘what good looks like’
Thoughts on the implications of the Mazars Report into Southern Health
by Suzanne Shale, chair of AvMA, January 2016
Why does it always have to be such a battle?
Why AvMA had to threaten a judicial review to correct serious flaws in the Duty of Candour
by Peter Walsh, chief executive of AvMA, September 2015