Will the NHS be better after Berwick?

Will the NHS be better after Berwick?

Will the NHS be better after Berwick?

Don Berwick is a leading expert in Healthcare and Patient Safety and, as has been widely reported in the media, was an advisor to President Obama when devising his US healthcare plan.   Following the Francis Report into the Mid-Staffordshire scandal, the government invited Mr Berwick to conduct a review of patient safety within the NHS and his report has now been published. In addition to… read more

Poor management, Poor care or both?

Poor management, Poor care or both?

On Tuesday 16 July, Sir Bruce Keogh will publish his report following review of 14 NHS Trusts, where higher than expected mortality rates have been found. The review was prompted in part by the Francis Inquiry into Stafford Hospital, which quite apart from highlighting appalling breaches of basic care provision, also revealed the extent to which various agencies which were supposed to b… read more

What if you could choose your surgeon based on survival rates of his previous patients.

What if you could choose your surgeon based on survival rates of his previous patients.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has confirmed the latest government initiative which will enable patients to compare the survival rates for different surgeons before they select who they wish to treat them. It is believed that the release of such information, due in the summer, will mean that standards in the NHS are raised which, in turn, will help save lives. A similar scheme which releases t… read more

Police launch inquiry into hundreds of deaths at Stafford hospital

Police launch inquiry into hundreds of deaths at Stafford hospital

It has been reported in the media that the multi-agency review, following the Mid Staffordshire Trust scandal and publication of the Francis report, has identified up to 300 deaths that may have been caused or contributed to by neglect. As a result, the police have been called in to investigate.   It has been reported in the Guardian that Assistant Chief Constable Nick Baker, who is chairing… read more

A Fresh start for the NHS

A Fresh start for the NHS

Following publication of the Report of Robert Francis QC into the failures in care and management at the Mid-Staffordshire Hospitals Trust, the government responded with a re-structuring of the regulatory bodies responsible for checking and maintaining standards within hospitals and wider health and social care provision. Following publication of the Report of Robert Francis QC into the failures… read more

Do you know how many “never events” have occurred at your local Hospital Trust between 2009 and 2012

Do you know how many “never events” have occurred at your local Hospital Trust between 2009 and 2012

A BBC investigation has found that more than 750 patients have suffered from a “never event” in England’s hospitals over the past four years. A “never event” is described as a preventable mistake, for example a surgeon operating on the wrong body part or leaving an instrument inside a patient during surgery. In short, they are incidents that are so serious, they should never happen. T… read more

Devonshires successfully secure a substantial settlement in a medical negligence case

Devonshires successfully secure a substantial settlement in a medical negligence case

Nick Grant, Partner and Claire Withey, Solicitor in the clinical negligence team have successfully secured an out of Court settlement in a long-standing clinical negligence claim against St Anthony’s Private Hospital.   The claim concerned a laparoscopic cholecystectomy to remove a large gallstone, what should have been a relatively routine procedure. However, during the course of t… read more

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