Category Archives: Quality and Safety

Patients are right to expect high risk procedures to be performed by regulated professionals

Guest blog by Amanda Casey, Chair of the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists Imagine I told you that you needed to go into hospital for a heart bypass. You’d know instinctively it was major operation, with considerable risks. But no … Continue reading

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No one is empowered if the truth is not shared

The new statutory duty of candour was introduced for NHS bodies in England (trusts, foundation trusts and special health authorities) from 27 November 2014, and will apply to all other care providers registered with CQC from 1 April 2015. Today … Continue reading

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Hospital inspections: lessons to be learnt

The programme of independent hospital inspections carried out by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) was made tougher in September 2013. During the first year to the end of August 2014 under the new arrangements 38 NHS acute trusts (each comprising … Continue reading

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Pressure is rising on Sir David Nicholson

At last – some will say – MPs have begun to put their heads above the parapet and call for the resignation of the Chief Executive of the NHS in an Early day Motion today. David Nicholson was the man … Continue reading

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GPs discussing death should not be taboo

Blogpost from Daily Mail, 19th October 2012 Dame Cicely Saunders is ranked alongside Aung San Suu Kyi, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandella in former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s book ‘Courage: Eight Portraits’. Dame Cicely spent eleven years … Continue reading

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Guest Blogspot: The highest standards of medical care urgently require doctors to remain up to date through Continuing Professional Development.

This week the UK regulator of doctors, the General Medical Council (GMC), has launched a consultation over the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of qualified, practising doctors. This subject is of immense importance because the pace of medical advances is such … Continue reading

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Safety before politics – Chase Farm downgrade is right

On February 14th I blogged about closing children’s heart surgery units that were unsafe. That post is reproduced below. Today we have heard that Chase Farm hospital maternity and A&E units are to close. Ask most people in the NHS … Continue reading

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