Bullying claims from Britain’s biggest NHS mental health trust

According to a highly critical report by the Care Quality Commission, the UK’s biggest mental health NHS trust, which consists of units that care for  the most vulnerable female patients is in turmoil following major allegations of bullying. This announcement was accompanied with the sudden resignation of its chairman. Nigel McCorkell, chairman of West London […]

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79% of whistleblowers are being bullied

Can an open complaints culture be achieved within the NHS? Campaigners are still striving for a more open whistleblowing culture for NHS staff, as employees wishing to raise complaints are continually coming up against problems, such as bullying. Despite public inquiries recommending the promotion of whistleblowing, campaigning group Patients’ First believe that a ‘culture of fear’ […]

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Should doctors face strict sanctions?

Doctors who make mistakes could face tougher penalties The General Medical Council (GMC) is considering imposing harsher sanctions against doctors who make mistakes when treating their patients. New plans could even force medics to apologise if they have previously refused to do so, with the medical regulator also wanting to be able to restrict the […]

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32 hospitals declared as putting patients at risk

CQC labels hospitals who have been non-compliant for extended periods of time The Care Quality Commission have discovered more than 10 NHS hospital trusts who have fallen short of quality standards for over two years, potentially putting patients in the firing line for unsafe care. The health watchdog pointed the finger at 32 hospital locations, […]

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Jeremy Hunt says money shouldn’t affect care standards

A lack of funding is not an excuse for poor care, says the health secretary Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has declared that a lack of money is no excuse to deliver poor care, after the trusts placed in special measures estimate a collective deficit of almost £140 million this year. Five of the 11 trusts […]

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Are hospital mistakes being hidden?

One fifth of hospitals could be covering up their mistakes A government review has suggested that one fifth of NHS hospital trusts in England may be covering up mistakes, threatening patient safety. The review worryingly indicated a “poor”  safety culture, as analysis of reporting incidents revealed that 29 out of 141 trusts were not registering the expected […]

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