Recent figures have shown there to be a staggering 1,000 estimated unnecessary and avoidable deaths in NHS hospitals every month, which are being caused by negligent medical errors and failures to monitor patients properly.
As the National Health Service comes under the spotlight in another general election campaign, ministers have redoubled their efforts to tackle the NHS’s cover-up culture. Under new measures recommended by Sir Robert Francis, NHS senior management staff who have “consented or connived” in covering up poor standards of care could face fines or up to two years’ imprisonment.
In March 2012, David Nicholson, Chief Executive of NHS England, issued a letter containing new deadlines by which retrospective claims for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding (CHC) had to be submitted to the relevant Primary Care Trusts (PCT). In short, the clock has started to tick again in connection with care fees refunds for loved ones … Continued
On 1st April 2011, NHS Wales brought in new regulations for dealing with complaints against NHS treatment providers in the Principality. The new regulations include an NHS redress scheme for the resolution of low-value clinical negligence claims, defined as those under £25,000. Essentially, this is an extension of the NHS complaints process, which may in … Continued