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Patient Safety

Patient safety in the NHS: latest reports update

‘The trust's maternity services are currently subject to an independent inquiry, led by Donna Ockenden, which has identified 1170 cases over a 40-year period that warrant investigation.’ .

Suing the NHS for clinical negligence: reports analysis

There has been a call from Peter Walsh, Chief Executive of Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), and others for urgent action to be taken to prevent avoidable harm and deaths among non-COVID-19...

Clinical negligence claims following the COVID-19 pandemic

‘Grieving families of patients who have died after contracting coronavirus are exploring the possibility of taking the NHS to court, as unions warn litigation threats are piling added pressure on...

Global patient safety initiatives and the NHS

The WHO's work in global patient safety has had a direct influence on NHS efforts to develop an ingrained patient safety culture. Some useful materials and initiatives have been developed. In...

Litigation and patient–carer, safety issues in the COVID-19 crisis

‘In a significant U-turn, PHE advised frontline staff to wear a flimsy plastic apron with coveralls when gowns ran out, in a move that doctors and nurses fear may lead to more of them contracting...

COVID-19 safety in maternity care: lessons for the whole NHS

More than a fifth of birthing centres and more than a third of homebirth services have been closed due to midwifery shortages (Summers, 2020), and there are concerns about how quickly ambulances can...

Patient safety and litigation in the NHS post-COVID-19

The COVID-19 NHS crisis plan response (NHS England and NHS Improvement, 2020a) seeks to deploy nursing and medical students, and clinical academics. It will be appropriate and necessary for UK doctors...

Is patient safety in the NHS in England a postcode lottery?

‘Patient safety is a serious global public health concern. It is estimated that there is a 1 in 3 million risk of dying while travelling by aeroplane. In comparison, the risk of patient death...

Considering the ‘ostrich syndrome’ and patient safety

‘Many of the reactions of maternity unit staff at this stage were shaped by denial that there was a problem, their rejection of criticism of them that they felt was unjustified (and which, on...

Patient safety reports and crisis events round up

I have said before in my BJN column that the NHS is no sloth when it comes to developing patient safety initiatives, policies and reports. The problem is that these so often seem to falter at the...

Shifting the mindset in the NHS complaints system

History has not served the NHS complaints system well. There have been many reports about NHS complaints going back to 1994 and the Wilson report, Being Heard, saying the same or similar things about...

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