A number of media outlets have reported that the cost of clinical claims in England increased by £137million to almost £2.4billion. Maternity payouts have fueled the surge in NHS compensation pay outs to record level. The data from NHS Resolution revealed how in 2018-19, the cost of clinical negligence is driven up by maternity claims, which represents 10 per cent of the number of clinical claims but half of the value of claims received and 70% of the £83billion reported as 31 March 2019.
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A damning inquiry has found that millions of OAPs in need of care are at the mercy of an unlicensed and unskilled workforce. Experts fear as many as 500,000 people pass themselves off as trained care workers after advertising their services online. Many professional care workers and providers offer excellent services but experts are worried at a growing number in a “grey area” who have no training or qualifications and work cash in hand.
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A recent episode of Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 discussed the topic – Why do we expect women to wait until after their 12-week scan to share their pregnancy news? Does the convention protect parents or the people around them from the trauma of miscarriage? These questions and much more is explored during the programme.
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A mother whose son suffered “hideous” abuse at the hands of nursing staff at Winterbourne View Hospital is working with the NMC to help it improve the way it handles cases involving people with learning disabilities. Claire Garrod is helping launch the regulator’s forthcoming strategy and annual report.
The Nursing Times reported how the NMC is exploring the introduction of using ‘personal experience statements’ to communicate the impact of substandard care. The NMC are in the process of drawing together all of the findings before making any further decisions. The article also mentions NMC Watch.
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In an article in The Guardian people are being offered free NHS DNA testing. The government plans to recruit five million healthy volunteers who will have their DNA read to test for diseases such as cancer and dementia. The NHS will also offer DNA analysis to patients with rare genetic disorders and cancers as part of their routine care from this year. The original proposals would have seen people pay for these tests, but they will now be offered for free.
Helen Mary Jones, a Plaid Cymru AM has said that a professional body able to hold Welsh NHS managers to account and strike them off for poor performance should be set up. She has called for more scrutiny to prevent a repeat of the Cwm Taf maternity scandal. Health Minister Vaughan Gething told a debate such a new body could be complex. Professional regulatory bodies already exist for doctors and nurses, but Ms Jones wants a similar professional body for managers.
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Concerns have been raised at Ysbyty Cefni Hospital in Llangefni, which treats people with dementia and some staff have been removed from their duties as part of an investigation into an Anglesey dementia unit. The North Wales Community Health Council had raised concerns about staffing levels at the unit after an inspection carried out last Christmas.
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An article in The Guardian reports how doctors and health experts claim government plans to boost public health are too weak to deal with issues such as obesity, smoking and alcohol. The green paper on the prevention of ill-health in England was published recently but experts criticised the package of measures as inadequate, given the number of people dying avoidably from cancer, heart attacks and strokes linked to smoking and bad diet.
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Around 100 professionals, people using services and partner organisations with an interest in the future of better, safer nursing and midwifery care joined the NMC recently as the regulator set out its proposed 2020 to 2025 strategic themes for consultation. This important milestone comes after the NMC’s ‘first phase’ of its future strategy development work. Now it is time for others to have their say regarding the strategic themes and what underpins them. The closing date for responses is 16th October 2019.
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