NHS Scandal Strikes Again

NHS Scandal Strikes Again

A report into maternity care at Furness General Hospital revisits the same shocking issues as uncovered at Stafford Hospital.

As in Stafford’s case, a report has shown that poor care was covered up by a culture of secrecy and intimidation all in what seems to be an attempt to achieve foundation trust status.

Parents and relatives are left asking why the…

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Stronger sanctions to deal with negligent GPs

Stronger sanctions to deal with negligent GPs

The General Medical Council (GMC) has held a major consultation into the way GPs are dealt with once the care they provide puts patients at risk or causes them harm.

 

The consultation received more than two thousand responses from patients, doctors and other healthcare professionals.

 

There was support for striking GPs off the register where there was evidence of predatory behaviour. 78% of responses were in favour for serious…

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What Can the NHS Learn About Risk From Airlines?

What Can the NHS Learn About Risk From Airlines?

In early February 2015 television news and social media showed the shocking moment TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 swerved to miss Taipei skyscrapers, before striking a bridge and crashing into a river. Follwoing the search for survivors and those fatally injured, attention turned to recovering the black box flight recorder. Early data appeared to show the likely cause of the crash was a combination of technical failure whereby…

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Cancer treating target missed again by the NHS

Cancer treating target missed again by the NHS

Recent figures show that the NHS in England has missed one of the key cancer waiting times target for 2014; at least 85% of patients referred by their GP for suspected cancer should begin their treatment within two months.

Between October and December 2014, only 83.8% of patients were treated within that timescale.  The target was breached in all four quarters of 2014 affecting more than 20,000 people.

Thousands…

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Jeremy Hunt: “Biggest scandal in global healthcare”

Jeremy Hunt: “Biggest scandal in global healthcare”

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has ordered an annual review of avoidable deaths in hospital which he had described as the “biggest scandal in global healthcare.”

England is to become the first county in the world to monitor the extent of avoidable deaths in an attempt to reduce the figures.

Hunt has said previously that the failure to investigate hospital death rates was a “tragedy” and it would seem his…

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