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Three GP Surgeries placed under special measures over patient safety worries

Three GP Surgeries placed under special measures over patient safety worries

22 Jan 2015

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has seen ‘significant areas of concern’ at GP surgeries in Liverpool, Reading and Sale.

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NHS ‘not fit for the future’ warns NHS England medical director

NHS ‘not fit for the future’ warns NHS England medical director

20 Jan 2015

The medical director of NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh, has warned that the NHS needs to change urgently as it is currently not ‘fit for the future’ and is in danger of becoming unaffordable, stating that “we will have to make some very difficult decisions’.

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A Legal Duty of Candour and how it has been resisted for almost two decades

A Legal Duty of Candour and how it has been resisted for almost two decades

19 Jan 2015

The absence of a legal Duty of Candour was first exposed in the civil case of Robbie Powell in June 1996. A High Court judge, behind closed doors, ruled that doctors had no post death duty of care to tell bereaved parents the truth about the negligent circumstances of a child’s death. Although untruthful statements and falsified medical records had allegedly been submitted to the court, by the GPs, to create a defence and defeat the Powells’ claim of negligence, the court refused to hear the facts and the case was struck out with no course of action. The Powells were given leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal but then forced, under the restrictions of public funding, to accept £80,000 compensation and an admission of liability by the former West Glamorgan Health Authority on behalf of Morriston Hospital. This settlement had nothing whatsoever to do with the GPs’ negligence. The full £80,000 was held by the court pending the outcome of the appeal.

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New NHS figures show large variations in patient cancer services

New NHS figures show large variations in patient cancer services

16 Jan 2015

The National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed analysis which suggests some significant variations in cancer treatment need to be improved in order to save more lives. The new NHS figures success earlier diagnosis and better access to treatment can stem current mortality rates so as to avoid more cases of misdiagnosis and delay of cancers.

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A Legal Duty of Candour and how it has been resisted for almost two decades

A Legal Duty of Candour and how it has been resisted for almost two decades

15 Jan 2015

An answer to the question: "Why the new duty of candour could be detrimental to the NHS" as posited by critics of this valuable development.

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