STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Welcome To Strength in Numbers

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swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliationWe must always take sidesNeutrality helps the oppressornever the victimSilence encourages the tormentornever the tormented.

Quote from Elie Wiesel

                                                    

A blog for you…..

This is where you can have your stories published about the care you or your loved one have had while in hospital. This is where you can interact with others. This is where you can view helpful links, and news stories.

You can email me directly on joannaslater2@gmail.com if you would like me to publish your story, your campaign, your website. You can also email me any helpful links which I can publish on the blog.  Joanna Slater, Author of The Last Six Months http://www.joannaslater.com

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Please fill out our one-question Healthcare Survey

We are getting a panel of participating patients together to review a program we are developing – a program that is by patients, for patients. Or email me joannaslater2@gmail.com

Filed under: A&E, Care Homes, Elderly, GP's, Hospital, Mental Health, NHS, NHS Blunders, Self Help, Whistleblowing

600 patients die of hunger and thirst every year: Hospital staff refuse to help, say families

Almost 600 patients are dying in hospitals each year because of hunger and thirst, figures show. Bereaved relatives have told how their loved ones were ‘forgotten to death’ by staff who refused to help them eat or drink. Figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal that 7,949 deaths have been attributed to hunger and thirst in the past decade.  In recent years, however, numbers have fallen – suggesting the standards of nursing care are showing signs of improvement.

The figures show that in NHS and private hospitals in 2013, dehydration was recorded as an underlying cause of death or a contributory factor in 574 deaths. In 2008 the total was 942. In 2013 a further 336 deaths were logged with malnutrition being an underlying cause or contributory factor. The two figures cannot be added together to give a total because some patients would have been recorded in both categories. Another 88 deaths in care homes in 2013 were attributed to dehydration and 33 to malnutrition, according to the figures which were obtained by Channel 4 News. The family of a retired engineer who died of acute dehydration have told how staff dumped drinks by his bed without bothering to help him reach them.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2971384/600-patients-die-hunger-thirst-year-Hospital-staff-refuse-help-say-families.html

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‘Forgotten to death': Almost 600 patients are dying in hospitals each year because of hunger and thirst, figures show, with bereaved relatives saying staff refused to help them eat or drink. (Stock image)

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Are you living with a silent hell?

I know people close to me like this. They look great on the outside, but inside they are living with a constant hell. Pain, Stress, Bereavement etc. People do not understand that by putting on some make up everything is OK. Well it’s not… Joanna

Are you living with a silent hell? Please comment on our private survey. Please click on the link   https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/hell

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Abuse on a grand scale: Jimmy Savile raped and sexually assaulted victims aged 5 to 75 at 41 NHS hospitals, including 60 at Stoke Mandeville, during a 24 year reign of abuse

It sickens me that a man using his celebrity status was allowed to cover-up his prolific paedophile abuse.  Hospital staff dismissed allegations as they thought he was an ‘asset’ for the hospital. Shame on them all. Joanna

Jimmy Savile was allowed unfettered access to the NHS where he raped and sexually assaulted patients in 41 hospitals during a 24 year reign of abuse, a bombshell report has revealed this morning. The paedophile DJ attacked 60 NHS patients at Stoke Mandeville Hospital alone, where he was given his own private bedroom and 24 hour access to all wards. It is also likely that he had sex with bodies in the Buckinghamshire hospital’s mortuary and is believed to have stolen a glass eye from one body and had it made into a medallion he wore round his neck.

One member of staff who was complained about Savile’s abuse was ‘severely reprimanded’ by her bosses and the complaint was dropped, the report said. The disgraced celebrity, who is now thought to be Britain’s most prolific paedophile abuser, assaulted victims as young as eight years old who were being cared for by the NHS. But despite at least 10 complaints being made nothing was done by senior managers to stop him.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2970049/Abuse-grand-scale-Jimmy-Savile-raped-sexually-assaulted-victims-aged-5-75-41-NHS-hospitals-including-60-Stoke-Mandeville-24-year-reign-abuse.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

The Secretary of State for Health asked former barrister Kate Lampard to produce a ‘lessons learned’ report, drawing on the findings from all published investigations and emerging themes. The report includes 14 recommendations for the NHS, the Department of Health and wider government.

Click on the link to download the Independent report from The Department of Health. KL_lessons_learned_report_FINAL  Jimmy Savile NHS investigations: Lessons learned  

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Fame: Savile raised millions for the Stoke Mandeville, which led to him being seen as an ‘asset’, 

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Third of NHS staff do not feel secure about raising care concerns, By Will Hazell Nursing Times

Nearly one third of NHS employees do not agree that they would feel secure raising concerns about unsafe clinical practice, according to the 2014 NHS staff survey.

The survey results, published 24th February 2015, paint a picture of increasing pressure on those who work within the health service. Of the survey’s 29 “key findings”, 15 have deteriorated since last year, 11 have improved, one has remained the same, and two cannot be compared due to changes in the questions. Sixty-four per cent of staff surveyed said if a friend or relative needed treatment they would be happy with the standard of care provided by their organisation, a slight decrease on the 65% recorded in 2013.

Picker Institute Europe, which carried out the survey, said the fall was “concerning” because the measure is strongly related to patient experiences of care. Fifty-six per cent of staff said they would recommend their organisation as a place to work, down from 58% in 2013. There was a marked decrease in the number of staff satisfied with their level of pay, from 38% in 2013 to 33% this year, representing the first drop in pay satisfaction since 2011. Only 29% felt there are enough staff for them to do their jobs properly, down one percentage point on the previous year.

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Third of NHS staff do not feel secure about raising care concerns

Click on the link to see full survey from Picker Institute Europe

http://www.pickereurope.org/news/picker-institute-europe-responds-nhs-staff-survey-2014/

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Failure to train enough nurses proves very costly for NHS

Information obtained by the Royal College of Nursing in the East of England shows a 69pc rise in agency nursing expenditure across the region by £20m and a 26pc growth in the number of nurse vacancies across the region. The data shows that many hospitals are struggling to recruit permanent staff and are having to spend increasing amounts of money on temporary staff to look after patients and increasingly looking overseas to recruit nurses. Acute hospitals were asked under the Freedom of Information Act for registered nurse vacancies, nurse agency spend and overseas recruitment during 2014.

RCN director for the eastern region, Karen Webb, said: “The cost of central government’s failure to plan properly for the NHS’s workforce needs is proving cripplingly expensive.  “Through no fault of their own, NHS trusts in our region are scouring the globe looking for nurses and, in the meantime, having to make do with the sticking plaster approach of using expensive agency nurses. “It’s not good for patient care and it is the most inefficient and most expensive way to try and staff wards.”

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http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/failure_to_train_enough_nurses_proves_very_costly_for_nhs_1_3969303

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‘I was given indigestion pills for tumor in my throat’ “Lucky to be alive”: Bruce Millar

A father who was prescribed indigestion tablets when he had cancer of the oesophagus is campaigning for better awareness of his illness among GPs and the public. Bruce Millar, 57, went to the doctor after having trouble swallowing. He was told it was indigestion and prescribed omeprazole. When his condition did not improve  Mr Millar was referred to surgeon James Gossage at the London Bridge Hospital. He diagnosed cancer of the oesophagus, the disease that killed New Labour strategist Philip Gould.

It is a particularly aggressive form of cancer, but research by Public Health England has found the symptoms are commonly mistaken for heartburn or indigestion. This means death rates are high because many patients are diagnosed at a late stage. Nearly three people a day — 963 in total — died from oesophageal or stomach cancer in London in 2012, and 1,212 were diagnosed.

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http://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/i-was-given-indigestion-pills-for-tumor-in-my-throat-10068444.html

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“Lucky to be alive”: Bruce Millar had a six-hour operation after his cancer was finally diagnosed

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It will take more than scientific brilliance to win the battle against dementia

The ageing of societies across the world is a testament to progress. But as we grow older, the risk of mental as well as physical decline increases.Dementia affects one in five people over 80 and its global prevalence is doubling every 20 years. To confront this challenge we need more than scientific brilliance. We need a new approach to the funding and regulation of research. Next month (3-4 March) the World Health Organisation will set out its priorities for research into the degenerative brain disease at the first ministerial conference on global action against dementia in Geneva.

It follows David Cameron’s announcement in the Autumn Statement last December of a £15m down-payment by the UK government to help fund the battle against what the prime minister described as “one of the greatest enemies of humanity”.

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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/25/scientific-brilliance-battle-dementia-ara-darzi?

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New whistle-blowing website for North Staffs NHS staff

It will be good to see the statistics in say 6 months time how many whistleblowing concerns have been logged,  looked into and dealt with. Joanna

MENTAL health NHS staff in North Staffordshire have been given a new website to directly whistle-blow anonymously to their boss. It has been ordered by Combined Healthcare chief executive Caroline Donovan after Stafford Hospital investigator Sir Robert Francis called for workers to be encouraged to speak out freely about bad practice. The site is called “Dear Caroline” which contains a form for worried staff to complete and send securely to her. But she insisted it would not replace her “open-door” inviting any of the trust’s 1,800 workforce to raise concerns face to face.

Mrs Donovan said: “People should feel free to speak out about issues which are getting in the way of us delivering the highest quality care. “It is essential that we continue to improve our culture enabling anyone to challenge without fear of any reprisal.” Any emerging themes will be published on the Trentham lakes-based trust’s full website.

She added: “I realise this may raise difficult and challenging issues which may affect our senior leaders, but it signals a commitment that together we want to improve the culture enabling us to be a great place to be work and receive treatment.”

By D_Blackhurst   The Sentinel

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NHS in crisis: Family of woman left lying on A&E trolley for 16.5 HOURS told to bring in PILLOWS for her

THE family of a woman left on an A&E trolley for 16-and-a-half hours were told to bring in pillows for her, an insider says. The source told the Record: “They were told none were available in the hospital.” He said the woman endured the nightmare wait in accident and emergency at Glasgow’s Victoria Infirmary on Sunday night after suffering a head injury. And he added: “She was told there were no beds in the whole of Glasgow”. The insider also told how another female patient was left on a trolley for 17-and-a-half hours in a room normally used for putting on plaster casts. The report will add to fears of a deepening crisis in Scotland’s A&E units. And it’s the latest in a series of worrying incidents at the Victoria’s casualty unit.

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http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/nhs-crisis-family-woman-left-5218852

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Anguish as Coventry grandfather is denied Parkinson’s ‘wonder-drug’ on NHS

A Coventry grandfather has been denied access to a so-called wonder drug that could help reverse the effects of years of damage that Parkinson’s Disease has ravaged on his body. Edward Reilly, known to his friends as Eamonn, was diagnosed with the progressive disease 16 years ago. He has now been told the NHS will not pay for him to at least try the breakthrough drug Duodopa which could ease his symptoms. Duodopa – which is only prescribed as a ‘last resort’ treatment option where other medications have failed – is said to help control involuntary movements, night-time symptoms and help curtail ‘off’ periods. But last year NHS England announced the drug would not be routinely available on the NHS, meaning doctors have to make long and bureaucratic applications on a case-by-case basis.

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http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/anguish-coventry-grandfather-denied-parkinsons-8696198

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Have you been denied a drug from the NHS that would help you? This is a one question Patient-Centric Survey to this news article: Please click on the link below, and help us with your comments. Thank you, Joanna

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/denied

 

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Calls for compulsory heart screening for young people

Campaigners are lobbying for compulsory heart screening for all 14 to 35-year-olds to help prevent sudden cardiac deaths in the UK. Every week 12 young people die from sudden cardiac death, but there is still no routine system of NHS heart screenings for young people.

Reporter Dianne Oxberry spoke to 22-year-old Chris Smith from Preston who had no idea he had a serious heart condition until he attended a screening event with his mother six years ago.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-31454074

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3,000 heart attack and stroke victims suffer delays after falling ill at weekends

3,000 heart attack and stroke victims a year are suffering delays being admitted to hospitals after falling ill at weekends, because NHS services are not working round the clock, a new report suggests. Senior doctors last night warned that patients are dying needlessly because of poor access to GPs and out-of-hours services failing to detect emergency cases which should be sent to hospital. New analysis of national NHS data shows a steep drop in the number of cases being admitted to hospital as an emergency at weekends, and a still sharper fall in the number who were sent there by GPs.

The figures suggest that each year, 3,144 patients suffering from heart attacks and strokes end up suffering a delay of at least 24 hours being admitted to hospital, because their case was not identified as an emergency.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/nhs/11423136/3000-heart-attack-and-stroke-victims-suffer-delays-after-falling-ill-at-weekends.html

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More than 1,000 doctors convicted of crimes from child porn to sexual assault are STILL practising – because banning them could breach their human rights

A growing number of doctors are continuing to practise despite being convicted of serious crimes such as child porn and sexual assault, it can be revealed today. Figures show that more than 1,000 medics have been allowed to keep their jobs after being found guilty of offences – a 10 per cent rise in two years. Other crimes include cruelty to children, domestic violence, drug-trafficking, possessing dangerous weapons and prostitution offences. It is believed many offenders could be treating children.

Campaigners have reacted angrily to the figures, accusing medical chiefs of not doing enough to protect patients.  But bosses at the General Medical Council, which released the data, say it is not always possible to automatically ban convicted doctors because it may breach their human rights.

Please click on the link to read this shocking article, Named and Shamed

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2870383/More-1-000-doctors-convicted-crimes-child-porn-sexual-assault-practising-banning-breach-human-rights.html

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Not struck off: Dr Ashley Sibery (left) has been suspended after being convicted of injecting his wife with heroin, but could in theory return to work when the ban expires. Meanwhile, Dr Hassan Abdulla (middle) has been allowed to carry on working as a psychiatrist despite being convicted of illegally circumcising 41 boys in a ‘non-sterile’ unit. He has been barred from carrying out circumcisions for two years. Dr Nicholas Spicer (right) escaped being struck off in 2010 even though he was described by the General Medical Council as a ‘deviant’ for downloading child-sex stories

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Listen! I’ll make you hear the whole world anew: The joy of the piano. The sound of footsteps. Even the hum of the fridge. How one woman’s inspiring story will make YOU appreciate the sounds you take for granted

She has a condition that left her deaf and now is robbing her of her sight. Yesterday, in our first extract from her new book, Jo Milne told of the wonderful moment in 2014 she heard a human voice for the first time at 39. Here, in the final instalment, she recalls how she became a worldwide sensation, how she discovered music — and how she also changed the life of a man who years before had been so cruel to her…

Click on the link to read Jo Milne’s wonderful inspirational story

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2960766/Listen-ll-make-hear-world-anew-joy-piano-sound-footsteps-hum-fridge-one-woman-s-inspiring-story-make-appreciate-sounds-granted.html

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Falling in love: Jo reacts as she hears for the first time when her cochlear implants are successfully turned on

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Patient found hanging came after four similar deaths at Sunderland hospital

Paige Bell’s death at Cherry Knowle psychiatric unit in Sunderland comes after four previous deaths in similar circumstances in the same NHS trust. Paige, 20, died from oxygen starvation to the brain eight days after she was found hanging in her room on August 6, the inquest heard. She had been taken to the hospital by police after she was pulled from the wrong side of the railings of the Wearmouth Bridge in the early hours that day. Concerns had been raised over observations levels at Cherry Knowle as Paige had self-harmed twice the day she died, coinciding with check-ups from staff

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http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/health/patient-found-hanging-came-after-four-similar-deaths-at-sunderland-hospital-1-7118458

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Press release: PM launches next phase of Britain’s fight against dementia

David Cameron sets out a new, long-term strategy focused on boosting research, improving care and raising public awareness about dementia.

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https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-launches-next-phase-of-britains-fight-against-dementia

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Alzheimer’s charity hails one million ‘dementia friends’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31565160

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‘Families too scared to speak out about care home abuse’

A COUNCILLOR has said families are too frightened to speak out about widespread abuse in care homes in case their relatives are evicted.

East Riding Council’s health, care and wellbeing overview and scrutiny sub-committee heard about 100 referrals are made every month regarding physical and financial abuse and neglect of older people in the East Riding. About 70 per cent of the allegations relate to residential homes. Although the sub-committee was told the high number of care home referrals is likely to relate to the scrutiny care homes faced, Councillor Keith Moore said: “There is a huge amount of abuse going on in care homes. “Families are afraid if they report anything, their relative will be evicted or sent somewhere miles away where they can’t visit them.”

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http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Families-scared-speak-care-home-abuse-8211/story-26054409-detail/story.html

Thousands of complaints made about elderly care in England

5 Live investigates

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31557790

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‘All care homes should have CCTV’, says woman who used £120 covert camera to capture shocking footage showing nurse abusing and taunting her 92-year-old mother-in-law

We all remember these shocking photo’s what this poor lady went through.  Mrs Rees was moved to another care home in Stepney, Greater London, where she was happy. But she died in May last year. Still make my blood boil that this “did” and is “still” happening, Joanna

A woman who installed a £120 covert camera to capture shocking footage of a nurse abusing her 92-year-old mother-in-law has today welcomed new health care guidance into surveillance in care homes. The video below reveals the horrific treatment Bridie Rees suffered at the hands of the person employed to care for her. The 92-year-old was poked, prodded, abused and taunted by staff nurse Faderera Bello. She was subsequently jailed for four months after admitting a count of neglect at Snaresbrook Crown Court in June last year. Mrs Rees’s case makes a strong argument in favour of using surveillance cameras to keep a check on elderly relatives in care homes.

And today the health watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, has published new guidance – a step in the right direction, Mrs Rees’s family told MailOnline.  Irene Rees, who is married to Bridie’s son William, urged other family’s to use CCTV to keep an eye on their relatives, adding the practice could also protect staff facing accusations. ‘This is a step in the right direction,’ Mrs Rees told MailOnline. ‘But we need to see it taken a  step further. ‘Care homes should be offering families the option of CCTV. I would urge all families to use CCTV. ‘If we hadn’t installed the camera in Bridie’s room she would have continued to face that abuse.  ‘There is no other way to ensure are kept safe.’

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2950728/All-care-homes-CCTV-says-woman-used-120-covert-camera-film-nurse-abusing-poking-taunting-92-year-old-mother-law.html

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Caught red-handed: Carer filmed stealing money from pensioner’s purse in her own home

Sheryvone Brooks was recorded taking a purse belonging to 85-year-old Evelyn Nicholson from a kitchen drawer, removing £30 and pocketing the cash. Bosses at Gateway Health and Social Care Dudley had put in the camera after Mrs Nicholson’s family became concerned about money going missing, Dudley Magistrates Court heard.

Brooks, aged 19, of Foxmeadow Close, Sedgley, had been one of her victim’s primary carers for around six months. She pleaded guilty to a count of theft. Magistrates committed her for sentence at Wolverhampton Crown Court on March 18. The court heard the camera had been installed at Mrs Nicholson’s address in Stourbridge. Brooks was recorded stealing the money on January 6 this year. Miss Lynda Gudgeon, prosecuting, said the footage had been reviewed by the company.

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http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2015/02/20/caught-red-handed-watch-as-carer-steals-money-from-pensioners-purse-in-own-home/?utm_source=Newsletter+contacts&utm_campaign=febe1b85e9-Express_Star_Daily_Newsletter1_6_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_14ec17c24a-febe1b85e9-241004973

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NHS levy: Patients could pay £10 a month to choose where they’re treated in future

Would you be willing to pay £10.00 a month to the NHS to be able to choose where you want to be treated?

Patients could choose where they want to be treated in future by paying an NHS top-up fee of £10 a month, a report suggests. The radical move would address the postcode lottery which sees hugely varying levels of quality of treatment in different areas of the country, think tank Civitas said. And the £3.5billion a year such a scheme could raise would be ploughed back into NHS services and hospitals, it added. Civitas claimed there was a proven “public appetite” for increased contributions to the NHS.

It cited surveys suggesting 60% of the public would be willing to pay higher income tax, while 54% said taxes should be raised to pay for healthcare. The report’s authors, NHS consultant Dr Christoph Lees and Civitas researcher Edmund Stubbs, said the fees would help plug the £30billion NHS funding gap predicted to exist by 2020.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-levy-patients-could-pay-5195393

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NHS should stop buying drugs which cost more than £13,000, researchers say

Cutting funding on drugs would stop people with terminal illnesses having the chance to live that much longer, and closing the door on most new treatments. Lets hope it never comes to that. Joanna

 The NHS should not spend more than £13,000 a year on drugs for individuals because higher spending does “more harm than good” by diverting funds from larger groups of patients, economists have said. A study by the Centre of Health Economics, at the University of York, says health spending on costly drugs, especially those which prolong the lives of terminally-ill cancer patients, is not an effective use of NHS resources, and says costs should be capped much lower. But health watchdogs last night hit out at the research, and said following the advice would mean “closing the door” on the majority of new drugs for patients. Under current NHS guidance, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence rarely backs drugs which cost more than around £40,000 a year, but cancer drugs which cost more can be funded via a special NHS Cancer Drugs Fund.

It means breast cancer drugs such as Kadcyla, which costs around £90,000 a year, and can extend life by an average of six months, in those for whom it is suitable, are funded by the NHS, despite their high costs.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11421013/NHS-should-stop-buying-drugs-which-cost-more-than-13000-researchers-say.html

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Debate about which drugs the NHS should fund has been hotly debated  Photo: Alamy 

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GPs should check on colleagues who dole out too many antibiotics, NHS watchdogs say

Family doctors should question colleagues who dole out too many antibiotics, NHS watchdogs have said, after research found 97 per cent of patients who ask for the drugs receive them.  The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has issued draft guidance to clamp down on prescribing of such medication, amid concern that rising resistance to antibiotics is becoming a “catastrophic threat” to the nation’s health. Medical experts say the over-use of antibiotics in the Western world is fuelling infections which resist treatment, and could mean an extra 10 million deaths a year, unless practices change.

The new proposals says GPs should step in if they believe their colleagues are giving antibiotics out too often – and should resist pressure from patients who insist they need the medication. Health officials said NHS professionals needed to question each other, and that patients should be given a proper explanation, when antibiotics are not suitable.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/nhs/11418136/GPs-should-check-on-colleagues-who-dole-out-too-many-antibiotics-NHS-watchdogs-say.html

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Policy change needed to deliver the NHS five year forward view. New report out from The Kings Fund

A new report from The King’s Fund has called for fundamental changes in how health services are commissioned, paid for and regulated to deliver the vision set out in the NHS five year forward view. The Forward View, published in October, sets out how NHS services will need to change in future. It has been endorsed by all three main political parties and will set the agenda for NHS reform in the next parliament. However, without significant changes to policy and new approaches to leadership in the NHS, the report argues that it risks suffering the fate of previous policy documents which have failed to deliver on their ambitions.

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http://www.hospitaldr.co.uk/blogs/our-news/policy-change-needed-to-deliver-nhs-five-year-forward-view-says-report?

Click on the link to download PDF  -The Kings Fund Report Feb 2015

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Exclusive: Pioneer nurse warns that ‘whistleblowing guardians’ must be screened. By Nicola Merrifield, Nursing Times

Nurse whistleblower Helene Donnelly has called for “rapid” action to ensure the introduction of the new “guardian” role recommended by Sir Robert Francis is not “used and abused”.

Ms Donnelly said she wanted to see a checklist of qualities and standards drawn up swiftly for the new “freedom to speak up guardians” to avoid the “wrong people” being selected for the job. The role was a key recommendation of Sir Robert’s independent review of whistleblowing – Freedom to Speak Up – which looked at the treatment of  staff who speak out and what measures should be introduced to create a more open reporting culture within the NHS. Sir Robert’s report, published last week, said that a “freedom to speak up guardian” should be appointed in every NHS trust to provide independent support and advice to staff about raising concerns. This full-time employee should be able to intervene if the complainant suffers any harm and must be able to escalate concerns outside of the organisation to bodies, said the report.

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Exclusive Pioneer nurse warns that ‘whistleblowing guardians’ must be screened

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Helene Donnelly

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Casualty chief struggling with stress of job hanged himself

At his inquest A&E colleagues told of work pressures and the strain he was under

The boss of a troubled NHS A&E department died due to self harm after being found hanged 200 yards from where he worked. Mark Channell was joint head of the casualty unit at North Middlesex Hospital which was found wanting in a Care Quality Commission report just days after his death in August last year. A couple of months earlier, in June, the local MP, David Burrowes, spent 13 hours on an A&E trolley at the hospital waiting for treatment for appendicitis, the day before a CQC inspection. At his inquest A&E colleagues told of work pressures and the strain of the CQC inspection at the North London hospital.

Mr Channell, a highly regarded nurse manager, was put in charge of the hospital’s A&E department to manage the flow of patients following the controversial closure of neighbouring Chase Farm Hospital’s A&E department. A huge row broke out among senior managers when it was discovered MP Burrowes had been abandoned in a corridor. It happened on a day that saw 600 patients pass through A&E – 200 more than planned for.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11416862/Casualty-chief-struggling-with-stress-of-job-hanged-himself.html

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Exclusive: NHS 111 providers ordered to appoint GPs to redirect cases towards primary care

Exclusive All NHS 111 providers have been told to ensure they have GPs available in call centres or available to give clinical advice at peak times to reduce the burden on ambulance services and redirect cases towards primary care.

In a letter to NHS 111 commissioners and obtained by Pulse, NHS England’s national director of commissioning operations Dame Barbara Hakin said that the plans for GP presence in call centres or available to provide clinical advice should be in place ‘as soon as possible’ to minimise the burden on ambulance services suffering ‘as soon as possible’. Dame Barbara said that pilots of GPs working in call centres had successfully led to ‘diversion to primary care, especially GP out of hours’, as well as some diversion to A&E. Although the letter says increased GP input into NHS 111 is a short-term measure, Pulse understands that NHS England is set to include the appointment of GPs as part of its final directions for commissioners procuring new contracts.

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http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/commissioning/commissioning-topics/urgent-care/nhs-111-providers-ordered-to-appoint-gps-to-redirect-cases-towards-primary-care/20009184.article#.VOMKI_msXuI

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Doubts over protection for NHS whistle-blowers

Hospitals have been ordered to appoint “guardian angels” to support workers who raise issues of concern. Phil Brown knows first hand how difficult it can be to raise concerns over alleged wrongdoings. In 2005, he blew the whistle on failings in care given to residents of privately-owned Bamburgh Court Care Home, in South Shields. During a process, which lasted more than five years, the 58-year-old said he received a “mixed reception” from his fellow workers. The new support was called for after an investigation by Sir Robert Francis. He warned that too often staff faced “bullying and being isolated” when they tried to speak out. He also said a new national officer should be appointed to help the guardians.

But Mr Brown, of Leafield Crescent, in South Shields, who now works at Monkwearmouth Hospital, in Sunderland, doesn’t believe this move will make much difference.

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http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/crime/doubts-over-protection-for-nhs-whistle-blowers-1-7109616

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A WHISTLE-BLOWER from South Tyneside says new laws to give fellow NHS workers more protection won’t work.

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Please read this shocking account of what is happening to this lady. She is being starved against her will

I have published a new story on All Your Stories – Strength in Numbers

“My mother is a strong Catholic, is capable of eating, and said has expressed her desire to live, and that the forced palliative care is against her faith. Pinetum Nursing home has been removing food and drinks from my mother in order to stop her from recovering. This is a gross abuse of a patient that they are supposed to be trying to help get better” Dr Mark Jones

Please read Dr Mark Jones statement on the treatment his mother is receiving in a care home. She is being starved against her will. There is no medical reason for them removing sustenance from her other than to accelerate her death.

Mark wants want results and action. “If asked of me, I have all of the evidence needed in order to substantiate these claims in the form of witnesses as well as photographs/videos. The disregard that these establishments are showing for their patients are cruel and must be stopped”

Click on the pdf link to read…  Dr Mark Jones statement

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NHS patients ‘ignored and sidelined’, says report by The Patients Association

Click on the link   Why our NHS should listen and be human  to download The Patients Association report

The Patients Association report identified a number of failings in how the health system interacts with patients

Patients feel “ignored and sidelined” by the NHS and too many vulnerable people experience unacceptable standards of care within the health system, according to a report commissioned by the Patients Association. The report, called “Why our NHS should listen and be human”, lambasted the lack of compassion and information many patients experienced when dealing with health professionals.

Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said: “Too often patients and their families are treated without compassion, are uninformed about treatment and next steps and feel ignored and side-lined when they raise concerns or complaints.  “The NHS is failing many of the most vulnerable members of society and patients and the public have told us about inconsistencies in the provision of care, poor standards of care and compassion, and a lack of openness and transparency in communication between healthcare staff, patients and their families,” she added. The report found that patients were scared to report problems because of “fear of recriminations,” despite the fact that the majority of people who raise concerns are motivated by a desire to improve conditions for other patients, not to get staff in trouble. It is especially important for patients to be kept informed about how their treatment will progress, but many felt that they were either left in the dark or not listened to.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/nhs-patients-ignored-and-sidelined-says-report-10047105.html

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Revealed: more than 500,000 home care visits last less than five minutes

Care minister Norman Lamb has called for a “fundamental” overhaul of home help services, after an investigation exposed more than half a million visits that lasted less than five minutes each. New figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, show rising numbers of council checks on the elderly and disabled are taking place in a matter of minutes. Charities have raised fears that vulnerable pensioners are being neglected and are being forced to choose between being washed or fed. Ministers have repeatedly pledged to crack down on the scandal of “clock-watch care” by services contracted to councils provide visits of 15 minutes or less.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11302534/Revealed-more-than-500000-home-care-visits-last-less-than-five-minutes.html

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Dear Sir Robert Francis, your report on NHS whistleblowers is not enough – we need action on how these brave professionals can be helped – By David Drew

NHS whistleblower Dr David Drew writes an open letter to Sir Robert Francis, whose report on whistleblowing was published last week

Dear Sir Robert,

Thank you for the work you and your team put into the review. It will take time to digest the 222 page report. You have done a service to the NHS with your account of our experiences at the hands of hostile managers. More than 20,000 staff contributed to the review. The consistency of so many accounts of whistleblowers being victimised convinced you of their veracity. Few of us win at tribunal (you acknowledge the asymmetry of financial and legal resources) so our detractors have, in the past, been able to misrepresent our predicament. No longer.

Your descriptions of the forms our victimisation took and the impact this had are shocking, though not to us. Bullying was normal. Suspension, disciplinary action and dismissal were meted out with injurious consequences to our physical and psychological health. Careers were damaged or lost for challenging wrongdoing. Families were torn apart, houses lost, finances ruined. Many became ill; some died; some committed or contemplated suicide. At the launch of your report we held a one minute silence to honour those who did not survive the journey. All this you know.

Click on the link to read the rest of Davis Drew’s open letter to Sir Robert Frances

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/dear-sir-robert-francis-your-report-on-nhs-whistleblowers-is-not-enough–we-need-action-on-how-these-brave-professionals-can-be-helped-10046556.html

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Dr David Drew, an NHS consultant at Walsall Manor Hospital for over 19 years and latterly a whistleblower, is the author of ‘Little Stories of Life and Death’

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Robots taking over the NHS – Over 80 robots are used in hospitals across Scotland

Machines are taking over the Scottish NHS, according to new figures on the number of robots being used in hospitals. At least 84 robots are now in service in hospitals across Scotland, completing tasks ranging from dispensing drugs to ferrying linen. One health board said that despite installation and maintenance costs, the robots had helped deliver savings of more than £750,000. And while human jobs have been lost, managers insist staff were deployed to areas where a human touch was still appreciated.

NHS Forth Valley is leading the way with a grand total of 40 robots introduced since 2010. Management have spent at least £130,000 on 13 automated guidance vehicles (AGVs) – robots that move waste and linen and transfer food trolleys to wards.

Click on the link to read more

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/scotland/491087/undefined-headline-766/?

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Over 80 robots, many like these, are now in use in hospitals across Scotland

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Jeremy Hunt – is ‘sorry’ really the hardest word? Fiona Bell on the Robert Frances Review

Whilst travelling through the night in preparation for the Francis review, I decided once again to tackle the issue of an apology for Families of the bereaved and NHS whistle blowers, I knew Mr Hunt was due to give his response to the Francis report, and like many others knew things were not right in the NHS for patients and whistle blowers,  so thought perhaps it would be the right time , I think my request is quite clear, yet again I ask politely for a public apology for all . Fiona Bell

Please click on Sharmila Chowdhury (NHS Whistleblower) blog to read Fiona’s email to Jeremy Hunt and her reply

http://sharmilachowdhury.com/2015/02/13/jeremy-hunt-is-sorry-really-the-hardest-word/

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Second from left Sharmila Chowdhury, third from left Fiona Bell at Westminster

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Eileen Chubb – Compassion in Care gives an initial response to Robert Francis QC review of whistle-blowing. “It is a complete betrayal of whistle-blowers”

Eileen Chubb  fighting for Edna’s Law and justice for whistle-blowers. A former care worker who saw vulnerable elderly people abused and tortured and blew the Whistle along with six other brave co-workers

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Eileen gives an initial responce to Robert Francis QC review of whistle-blowing which was published on 11th February 2015.

Over 1,500 whistle-blowers gave evidence which was submitted to Sir Robert Frances by Eileen, also a petition set up in support of whistle-blowers by change.org where many whistle-blowers signed anonymously (the reasons are obvious) which amounts to evidence of 3,000 whistle-blowers, none of which are shown in the report “as if they did not even exist”.

This is a complete betrayal of whistle-blowers says Eileen and there is not a single thing in this review that would have saved Edna from being abused.

She calls for a full public inquiry into the whistle-blowers who have been failed by PIDA and that only by holding to account those responsible for covering up wrong doing and harming whistle-blowers can future whistle-blowers hope to be protected. “You can not have justice whilst injustice is allowed to stand”. Eileen Chubb.

 

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Paramedic stood with hands in pockets and did nothing as man lay dying by hospital A&E doors

That poor helpless man who may have been saved. What is our world coming to with such heartless people, Joanna

A paramedic who was filmed standing with his hands in his pockets as a man lay dying of a heart attack in front of him outside an NHS hospital has avoided a jail sentence. Matthew Geary was given a suspended eight-month prison term and ordered to serve 240 hours of community service after a court heard that he failed to provide any help to Carl Cope – who he wrongly believed was drunk – despite seeing him stumble and fall to the ground. Judge John Warner condemned the paramedic’s actions as “callous and uncaring” and wholly at odds with his job.

CCTV footage played to Wolverhampton Crown Court showed Mr Cope, from Bloxwich, fall in the road outside of the Walsall Manor Hospital accident and emergency department.

Click on the link to read and see the shocking video footage

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/cctv-shows-paramedic-standing-near-man-and-doing-nothing-as-he-lay-dying-of-a-heart-attack-by-the-doors-of-a-hospital-ae-unit-10040514.html

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Carl Cope who died from a heart attack

 

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Please Save Marcus: Family and friends in emotional protest outside Croydon University Hospital

MORE than a hundred people protested outside Croydon University Hospital this evening angered at its “refusal” to treat young dad Marcus Campbell. A line of police officers blocked the main entrance to the building as the emotional crowd, including the critically ill 22-year-old’s family, chanted “Justice for Marcus”. The demonstration was organised, mostly though social media, after the family were told, against their wishes, the hospital would not resuscitate Marcus if his heart stopped. The former Stanley Technical High School pupil, who lives in Thornton Heath, is in a critical condition after developing a rare inflammation of his brain stem.
His family claim they were told he was “dying” and there was nothing more that could be done for him, leading them to accuse the hospital of “giving up”.  However, Croydon Health Services, the trust which runs the hospital, announced this evening that it has asked for an “urgent second opinion”, which be completed by an independent expert “later this week”.

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http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Save-Marcus-Family-friends-emotional-protest/story-23356225-detail/story.html

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SERIOUSLY ILL: Marcus Campbell

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Advice issued on hidden filming in care homes – Download guidance on using hidden camera’s

Click on the link below to download guidance on using hidden camera’s

Download Thinking about using a hidden camera in care homes

The Care Quality Commission has produced a pamphlet that sets out what relatives in England need to consider. It includes advice on gaining permission from the person being cared for and where it can be done. The CQC said opinion was divided about hidden cameras but it was publishing the guidance in recognition of the fact some people were already using them. It also comes after the BBC’s Panorama programme used secret filming to uncover abuse. This includes a programme in 2011 that exposed abuse at Winterbourne View, a care home near Bristol for people with learning disabilities, and last year’s expose of the Old Deanery care home in Essex.

It has taken months of discussion and consultation for this guidance to be produced – the idea was raised in 2013 and agreed last year.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31424424

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Jeremy Hunt: message to NHS staff about whistleblowing

The Secretary of State for Health talks about NHS culture change and whistleblowing.

Two years ago, Sir Robert Francis published his public inquiry report on the failures of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. His findings shook the NHS to its core, and I made it my priority as Health Secretary to work hand-in-glove with all of you to ensure that such an unspeakable tragedy could never occur in our NHS again. As a result of your energy, passion and commitment, the NHS is turning a corner.

Today I am publishing a report entitled Culture Change in the NHS   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/culture-change-in-the-nhs  which outlines the work that has been done to implement Sir Robert’s recommendations over the last couple of years.

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https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/jeremy-hunt-message-to-nhs-staff-about-whistleblowing

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Watch the Video’s ‘Climate of fear’: NHS staff scared of exposing danger to patients, whistleblowers tell RT

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NHS whistleblowers take their protest to Westminster

An inquiry that found many NHS staff do not raise concerns about patient safety because they fear being ignored or bullied did not go far enough, whistle-blowing health professionals told RT. The Freedom to Speak Up Review found a “climate of fear” permeates the NHS in England, with whistleblowers subject to “shocking” treatment when they attempt to speak out. Sir Robert Francis QC, who led the inquiry, made a series of recommendations in his report including the appointment of “guardians” in each hospital to support staff who want to raise concerns. However, two former whistleblowers who spoke to RT, said the report fell short of tackling the real problems facing staff who speak out.

A group of former NHS staff protesting against the service’s “horrific” treatment of whistleblowers on Wednesday claimed the report did not go far enough to stop further incidents happening.

Click on the link to read more

http://rt.com/uk/231399-fear-nhs-whistleblowers-health/

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Whistleblower culture change urged – Download The Freedom to speak up Report

Click on the link to download the “Freedom to speak up Report. Sir Robert Francis QC”

http://freedomtospeakup.org.uk/the-report/    11th February 2015

New proposals to make NHS staff feel they can safely speak out following a damning report into the treatment of whistleblowers are being fast-tracked by the Government for legislation, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced. The report’s author, Sir Robert Francis QC, recommended 20 measures but stressed that a change in culture was more important than regulation. He said that his research – which saw him receive input from more than 19,700 NHS staff – had left him “in no doubt that there’s a serious problem in the National Health Service”.

The measures include asking every NHS organisation to identify one member of staff that other workers can go to with their concerns, who will then report directly to trust chief executives. The Government will also consult on establishing a national “whistleblowing guardian” within the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who will review the most serious cases . “Today I will be writing to every trust chair to underline the importance of a culture where frontline staff feel able to speak up about concerns without fear of repercussions,” Mr Hunt said. “The message must go out today that we are calling time on bullying, intimidation and victimisation, which has no place in our NHS.”

Click on the link to read more

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-2948640/More-open-NHS-report-out.html

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Peter Carter to step down as RCN chief executive

Dr Peter Carter, the RCN’s chief executive and general secretary, will step down from the role as soon as a successor is found. Dr Carter has been in the post for the past eight years, and has presided over issues such as the NHS reorganisation in 2012, and the recent pay dispute over the government’s refusal to award nurses a consolidated one per cent pay rise.

Dr Carter said: ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the RCN. It is just over eight years since I joined the college and it has been a wonderful time in my career. The challenges when I joined the RCN were significant and with the support of the RCN council and my colleagues we have taken forward the work of the RCN on behalf of our members.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.independentnurse.co.uk/news/peter-carter-to-step-down-as-rcn-chief-executive/73743/

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The RCN has announced Peter Carter’s departure

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Whistleblowing: NHS crushes those who speak out, Sir Robert Francis QC warns – Report out 11th Feb

Francis whistle blowing report due out Wednesday 11th February. Many of our friends Fiona Bell, David Drew, Sharmila Chowdhury and many more will be attending Westminster, they will also be having a meeting with Sir Robert Francis. Good luck to all. Our thoughts are with you, and thank you. Joanna 

The NHS should exploit the idealism of its doctors and nurses – not crush those put patients first, warns Sir Robert Francis, ahead of his landmark report on whistleblowing

Sir Robert Francis QC is poised to publish the results of a landmark inquiry into perhaps the greatest NHS scandal – the failure of the health service to take heed when its own doctors and nurses warn that patient safety is at risk. His review has taken two months longer than expected, after he was deluged with more than 18,000 submissions. Senior doctors and nurses told how their careers were left on the scrapheap, after they tried to alert NHS managers of unsafe practices and cost-cutting risking lives.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11403069/Whistleblowing-NHS-crushes-those-who-speak-out-Sir-Robert-Francis-QC-warns.html

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Sir Robert Francis

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Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust to cut staff

Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust said its strategy would reduce its financial deficit and improve care. The trust is in special measures and awaiting the outcome of an inquiry into deaths in a maternity unit. The plan was developed over two years after consulting with experts and patients. The trust runs Furness General Hospital in Barrow, Lancaster Royal Infirmary and Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal, as well as smaller community hospitals in Morecambe and Ulverston. The review was carried out by the trust along with local commissioning groups.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-31370681?

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Birmingham council accused of using ‘eBay-style’ auctions to decide on elderly care

Social services chiefs have been accused of removing the ‘humanity’ from the care home system by using an eBay-style auction to find places for the elderly. Care providers submitting the lowest price package ‘won’ the right to look after those needing help in more than nine out of ten cases. In the past, those requiring residential care would be referred by a social worker and taken to visit homes in their area until a suitable one was found.

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Care home bosses claim nine out of ten residents are handed to the lowest bidder under new online service

Click on link to read more

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/health/council-uses-ebay-style-auctions-decide-8612840?

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Heartache of cancer girl who accepts she’ll never experience true love before she dies

Oh so sad and what a beautiful girl. I hope she gets bag loads of cards for Valentines Day, and hopefully there will be a knight in shining armour with a heart as big as hers, Joanna

Angelic in a beautiful, ­flowing white wedding dress, Kathryn Cartwright blinked back her tears and smiled for her adoring mum. It should have been a moment to be cherished, a bride-to-be excitedly preparing for her big day. But 24-year-old Kathryn will never marry, nor even know what it feels like to be in love . The bittersweet moment was just another tick on her bucket list – something she wanted to experience before her life ebbs away. For cancer has cruelly robbed Kathryn of the chance of finding true happiness. Unsure she’d even live to see her 24th birthday last month, she knows for sure her chances of finding Mr Right have faded away.

Please click on the link to read

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/heartache-cancer-girl-who-accepts-5122106

– If you would like to send Kathryn a card, we will forward it to her. Please send to Features, The Sunday People, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AP.

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Time runing out: Kathryn posed in a wedding dress as part of her bucket list

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“My beloved Daughter by Ash Raye”

On the 1st February I posted a truly heartbreaking account with such a shocking video of Kayleigh  “My beloved Daughter by Ash Raye”

I am posting an article published in The Peterbough Telegraph today regarding Ash and Steve’s daughter Kayleigh and I have their permission to post the letter they received which apologies for gaps in Kayleigh’s medical records, lack of regular weighing and recording of fluid intake and output. It also apologises for failing to ensure a call bell was within easy reach of Kayleigh and agreed that a “do not attempt resuscitation” form had been incorrectly completed.”  

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Peterborough City Hospital apology following death of 23-year-old woman

The family of a young woman who died at the age of 23 has received an apology from Peterborough City Hospital bosses after complaints about her care.  Kayleigh Compton died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, where she was sent after being admitted to Peterborough City Hospital in February 2013. She had suffered severe weight loss, which lead to medical complications and admissions to a number of hospitals on a number of occasions. She died on February 20 having collapsed six days previously.

Click on the link to read more

http://http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/health/health-news/peterborough-city-hospital-apology-following-death-of-23-year-old-woman-1-6566683

Response re Compton case

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Mass Protest to take place at Westminster London, 10am on 11th April 2015 regarding CSA / Child Sex Abuse

There is a Mass Protest to take place at Westminster on 11th April 2015 regarding CSA / Child Sex Abuse…I am hoping the Organisers will let all of us NHS and Carehome sufferers of Abuse join in…Any NHS or Carehome Complainant or Whistleblower will know exactly what ‘abuse’ I am talking about…We get abused by all the Gov Quango’s such as the NMC, GMC, CQC, PHSO et al…And when we take our concerns of criminal activity, that has taken place in a Hospital or Carehome, to the Police many of us are just fobbed off…Our family members were abused and now we have become the abused too… Toms Anguish

10am Outside Westminster the onto Trafalgar Square for 11am

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Should NHS Whistle-blowers always be protected? – By Will Powell

I was very interested in a recent article published in “The Spectator” on the 3rd January 2015. The article is about a cancer surgeon named Joseph Meirion Thomas. He interpreted the published Francis Report as giving healthcare professionals protection if they were to speak out about failures within the NHS regarding patient safety issues. He also took the view, rightly or wrongly, that speaking out complied with a doctor’s duty of candour. However, little did he know that speaking out to improve the NHS would result in him being suspended from his job and ordered not to air his views in public again. Sadly, this has been the case for copious NHS whistle-blowers, over the years. Some have even suffered a far worst fate and lost their homes when others have had to leave the UK to seek employment abroad when these are the very healthcare professionals who could help return our NHS to its former glory. Mr Thomas should not have been vilified by his peers but applauded for doing what the Government, Department of Health and NHS purport as the right thing to do.

Mr Thomas is also gagged which, in my view, speaks volumes for the purported integrity of the NHS and the Department of Health’s public claims that all healthcare professionals are encouraged to speak up about patient safety issues. Contrary to the appalling treatment he has received from our Health Minister, Jeremy Hunt, and others, Mr Thomas is, in my view, a HERO and I have no doubt that the majority of the public would say the same. He is clearly a man of integrity who only wants to improve the care provided by our NHS for young and old alike.

Click on the link to read more and you can access the full article 

http://www.mistreatment.com/news/article/should-nhs-whistle-blowers-always-be-protected-262/#.VNjI_PmsXuK

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Will Powell NHS Adviser for Mistreatment.com

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