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Connor Sparrowhawk mother attacks ‘barbaric’ treatment by tribunal

Sara Ryan says she felt retraumatised after questioning by defence lawyer at Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service

The mother of a vulnerable teenager who suffered a seizure and drowned in a bath at an NHS care unit has called for an overhaul of medical tribunals, saying she felt “retraumatised” after participating in a two-week hearing into her son’s death.

Sara Ryan, whose son Connor Sparrowhawk died in 2013, demanded changes to the “barbaric” treatment of bereaved families at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS).

“You’re a grieved mother, you’re stripped of any other identity and you’re fair game for any kicking that comes your way and it must happen all the time,” she said. “It’s a terrible treatment of families in this setting. There needs to be change.”

 

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Connor Sparrowhawk had an epileptic fit and drowned while taking an unsupervised bath in 2013. 

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Robbie Powell post death falsifying medical records. Please read, thank you. Will Powell father of Robbie

Robbie Powell, aged 10, from Ystradgynlais, Powys, died at Swansea’s Morriston Hospital, of Addison’s disease in 1990.

Very serious allegations have been made since 1990 regarding the post death falsifying of Robbie’s medical records by both the Ystradgynlais Group Practice and Morriston Hospital. 

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Robbie Powell The Crown Prosecution Service

 

 

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‘If you pay for a Mini you can’t expect a Ferrari’: Disgraced plastic surgeon told a mother-of-two it was HER fault after botching her £3,500 boob job

  • Alex Cater, 33, had surgery after 10st weight loss left her with sagging skin
  • Awoke from surgery in agony before her breasts started leaking puss 
  • Complained to surgeon Dr Amedeo Usai who asked ‘What did you expect from £3,500 surgery?’
  • He was struck off the medical register following a number of complaints

A mother of two who complained about her botched £3,500 boob job was horrified when her plastic surgeon told her -‘If you pay for a Mini you can’t expect a Ferrari.’

Alex Cater, 33, had gone under the knife after losing an incredible 10 stone having ballooned to a size 26 following the birth of her children Kayleigh, 13, and Cameron, 10. But instead of gaining her dream figure the surgery, carried out by shamed surgeon Amedeo Usai, went so badly wrong that her ‘butchered’ breasts were badly misshapen, painful and leaking puss. She eventually had to have the implants removed but said she still has both physical and mental scars that may never heal.

Dr Usai has now been struck off the medical register after a tribunal heard a series of complaints against him by patients.

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She said she knew something was wrong after waking up from surgery in agony. But surgeon Amedeo Usai, who has since been struck off the medical register, dismissed her concerns with his brash comments.

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Boss of scandal-hit hospital with 287 unexplained deaths apologises for suffering patients endured

Libby McManus has issued the apology after taking over from former hospital chief executive, Julie Lowe

The new boss of a scandal-hit hospital where there were 287 unexplained deaths has apologised for the harm and suffering patients endured. Libby McManus was drafted in to run the North Middlesex Hospital in North London after a damning Care Quality Commission investigation uncovered a series of damning failures.

Among them was the case of a patient – who was found dead and with rigor mortis after being left for four hours in A&E. Inspectors also found evidence of elderly people suffering abuse, neglect and lack of fluids on wards for care of the elderly

Julie Lowe, the former chief executive of the North Middlesex has been moved on and been secretly found a new NHS job. In a meeting with The Sunday People Libby McManus said: “I want to apologise to all those relatives and patients who have suffered in the past. “We are starting to do things differently now and we are confident that in time we can turn things round.”

Mrs McManus also promised to look at some of the mortality data for the hospital highlighted by Professor Brian Jarman whose work exposed the scandal at Stafford Hospital where there were up to 1200 avoidable deaths. He said the failings at the North Middlesex had all the hallmarks of the harm and suffering experienced by patients at the Midlands Hospital.

An investigation by the People has found the Edmonton based hospital in breach of nearly a dozen laws designed protect the public following the Stafford Hospital scandal.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/north-middlesex-hospital-boss-apologises-8859750

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Libby McManus has taken over the Chief Executive role in the wake of the damning report

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More than 50 allegations of ‘dirty practices’ against Nottinghamshire dentist

Former dentist Desmond D’Mello is facing more than 50 allegations of malpractice after causing the biggest NHS recall in history, it has been revealed.

The charges include not changing his gloves between patients and wiping his hands on his trousers; meanwhile his dental nurse also faces allegations including not changing her gloves after blowing her nose. More than 4,000 patients had blood tests to see if they had contracted any blood-borne viruses after it was revealed he had also flouted hygiene laws by failing to sterilise equipment.

Mr D’Mello was suspended in August 2014 after a whistleblower filmed him failing to change his gloves and not cleaning dental instruments between patients at his practice in Daybrook. The revelation led to the biggest recall in the history of the NHS, with 22,000 patients who had been treated by D’Mello over a career spanning 30 years offered blood tests to check for diseases such as hepatitis C.

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More than 50 allegations of dirty practices against Nottinghamshire dentist

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Desmond D’Mello

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Midwife sacked over new Morecambe Bay death

A midwife who is being probed over the death of a baby eight years ago has been sacked following an investigation into a new fatality.

Lindsey Biggs is one of a band of midwives accused of colluding to cover up blunders which contributed to the deaths of 12 mothers and babies in the Morecambe Bay scandal. The group – who dubbed themselves “the musketeers” – have continued working at the NHS trust despite public outrage over the deaths, which occurred between 2004 and 2013.

Ms Biggs is currently under investigation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for alleged failings linked to the case of baby Joshua Titcombe, who died in 2008. She is due to appear in front of regulators this week over the case. But it has now emerged that she has been dismissed by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay trust over the death of another baby, just four months ago.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/26/midwife-sacked-over-new-morecambe-bay-death/

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Lindsey Biggs is accused of failings over the deaths of two babies

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NHS complaints watchdog deputy quits over sexual harassment cover-up

Mick Martin assisted the chair of a Derbyshire NHS trust in covering up his conduct towards an HR director

The deputy chief of the NHS complaints watchdog has resigned over his involvement in covering up the sexual harassment of a director at an NHS trust.  Mick Martin, the deputy Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO), had already taken a leave of absence after being criticised by an employment tribunal, which led to an £832,711 compensation payment earlier this year.

The board of the PHSO has also launched an investigation into the organisation’s decision to appoint Mr Martin, and the actions taken by the ombudsman herself, Dame Julie Mellor, in relation to him.  It is the latest blow for the troubled complaints watchdog, which in the past two years has been criticised by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt over its handling of the case of a three-year-old who died in NHS care, by the National Audit Office over its governance, and by the Health Select Committee over its performance in assisting patients with their complaints.

In a recent survey only 11 per cent of staff at the PHSO said they had confidence in the leadership, and Dame Julie has faced a call to resign from the editor of the respected Health Service Journal.

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Mick Martin

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Secretly filmed carer found guilty of abusing 87-year-old dementia patient

A carer has been found guilty of ill treating an elderly patient who suffered with dementia after being secretly filmed aiming blows towards him.

Pauline Demaurie was caught on camera moving her arms towards 87-year-old Edward Bridge as he cried for help and moving her head close to his face, which the prosecution said was done in a threatening manner. She was also heard threatening to pinch Mr Bridge, who in addition to dementia suffered Paget’s disease which meant he could feel pain at the slightest touch. Though she admitted she may have slapped his arm, Demaurie claimed she had only being joking with the patient and had never abused him.

But the jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court took just an hour and 23 minutes to find her guilty.  Demaurie, aged 40, of California Road, Tividale, wiped away tears after the verdict had been delivered. She was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order.

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http://www.expressandstar.com/news/crime/2016/02/22/secretly-filmed-carer-found-guilty-of-abusing-87-year-old-dementia-patient/

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Pauline Demaurie at court

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Jack Adcock death: Doctor and nurse get suspended sentences for manslaughter

A doctor and an agency nurse who “seriously neglected” a six-year-old boy who died in hospital have been sentenced for his manslaughter.

Jack Adcock died of a cardiac arrest at Leicester Royal Infirmary after he developed sepsis. Doctor Hadiza Bawa-Garba, 39, and nurse Isabel Amaro, 47, of Manchester, were both given a two-year term, suspended for two years. The pair had denied manslaughter by gross negligence.

The two defendants “robbed” Jack of his chance of survival by failing to realise how seriously ill he was, prosecutors said. Jack, who had Down’s syndrome, was admitted to hospital with vomiting and diarrhoea in February 2011 but died about 11 hours later. On the day of his death, Bawa-Garba, of Leicester, stopped performing CPR after wrongly assuming Jack was subject to a do-not-resuscitate order.

Portuguese-born Amaro, from Manchester, failed “woefully” to monitor Jack’s treatment or alert colleagues when his condition deteriorated, the court heard during her trial. Both were found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence at Nottingham Crown Court last month and both have already been suspended from their posts.

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Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba (left) and agency nurse Isabel Amaro (right) were both found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence

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Jack Adcock trial: Nurse guilty of six-year old’s manslaughter

A nurse has been found guilty of the manslaughter of a six-year-old boy whose resuscitation was mistakenly called off.

Jack Adcock, who had Down’s syndrome, died of a cardiac arrest at Leicester Royal Infirmary in February 2011. Portuguese-born agency nurse Isabel Amaro, 47, was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence. The jury is deliberating on the same charge for two other medics – Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba and nurse Theresa Taylor.

Jack, who had a heart condition, was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia and died from a cardiac arrest after sepsis was triggered by a bacterial infection about 11 hours later. The trial has heard the boy’s death was caused by “serious neglect on the part of the doctor and the two nurses”. They failed to recognise his body was “shutting down” due to sepsis and close to death, the prosecution claimed.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-34704404

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Jack Adcock

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Shocking footage shows care home abuse

Shocking footage has emerged of the mistreatment of an elderly woman at a care home in Birmingham after her daughters became suspicious of staff and installed a hidden camera.

The video led to a police investigation and resulted in two staff members being sacked.

Dr John Beer from Action against Elder Abuse – a charity that looks after the rights of older people – joined us.

Warning: Some viewers may find the vision distressing. Good Morning Britain

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Care home nurses struck off after ‘neglect led to patient deaths’ By Helen Mooney – Nursing Times

Three nurses have been struck off the Nursing and Midwifery Council register for poor care which in some cases led to patient deaths at a nursing home in south Wales.

After an 81-day hearing, an NMC panel found that failings by a total of five nurses at the Brithdir Nursing Home in Caerphilly amounted to misconduct. Nurses Tembakazi Moyana, Daphne Richards and Rachel Tanta were struck off on Friday. Susan Greening received a caution order and Beverley Mock was suspended for one year. The NMC panel cleared one nurse, Rachel Pritchard, of all charges relating to misconduct.

In May, a disciplinary panel found 86 failings proven out of an alleged 150 against the six nurses in relation to nine residents between 2004 and 2006.  Amongst other charges they related to poor management of patients’ pressure sores and record keeping.

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Nearly 500 complaints were made about councils in the West Midlands in a year, new figures reveal

The number in the Black Country, Staffordshire and Wyre Forest has fallen from 551 in 2013/14 to 471 in 2014/15, mirroring the trend across the country, where it dropped from 18,211 to 18,436.

But the Ombudsman saw a 10 per cent increase in complaints about adult care services. Meanwhile, complaints about benefits and tax dropped 11 per cent, and complaints about planning and development were down six per cent.

Of the 10 councils in the Black Country and Staffordshire areas, the ombudsman received the most complaints and enquiries regarding Sandwell Council. Of the 118 received, 19 were upheld, with 59 referred back for local resolution. The majority related to benefits and tax (33 complaints), with 24 regarding education and children’s services, 21 about housing, and 15 about adult care services. There had been 138 complaints the previous year.

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http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2015/08/24/west-midlands-council-complaints-near-500-in-a-year/

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Careworker jailed for string of sickening sex attacks on dementia sufferers as old as 101

Sick, sick sick… And when you think you have heard it all before. What is our world coming to with such sick and evil people in the world, Joanna

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A PERVERTED careworker who filmed herself sexually assaulting vulnerable elderly patients at a care home has been jailed for ten years.

Christina Sethi, 25, preyed upon dementia sufferers – the oldest of which was 101 – in an attempt to get away with her depraved attacks. The carer admitted five counts of sexual assault.

She had filmed the incidents and sent them to her boyfriend, with the abuse coming to light after a man who bought her computer found deleted videos of the attacks. Plymouth Crown Court heard Sethi filmed herself using a vibrator on a female dementia victim, aged in her 80s, and fondled the naked breast and genitalia of a female 101 year old.  The video of the abuse lasted seven and a half minutes and the victim could be heard complaining to the carer, saying: “What are you doing to me?” The attacks she filmed were on two of the care home’s most vulnerable residents.

Police said that although the victim in her 80s was unable to complain due to her dementia, she knew something was happening to her. Sethi – who had no previous convictions – also sexually assaulted a blind dementia sufferer, married and in his eighties, when she stroked his penis after washing him.  One of the elderly victims, resident at a South Devon care home which cannot be named for legal reasons, has since died.

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/598276/christina-sethi-jailed-sex-attack-dementia-devon-plymouth-uk

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Christina Sethi was jailed for ten years

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Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s medical director retires, claims £1.9m pension – then is rehired for his old job at higher salary

A HOSPITAL’S decision to re-hire its medical director on a bumper salary just one month after he started claiming his £1.9million pension “beggars belief”, according to a health watchdog.

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals trust director, BasilFozard, retired on May 31. He was believed to be earning around £130,000 in addition to £85,000 for surgical work. His pension pot is thought to be worth £1.9million. However on July 1 Mr Fozard, who first joined the trust in 1992, was re-hired as medical director on a salary circa £20,000 higher than before – £152,000 – while continuing to claim his pension.

The day after the 59-year-old retired, health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced measures to close the loophole. His department has now said it will regulate the practice of re-hiring retired personnel and has contacted the trust asking for an explanation. Manager of Healthwatch Dorset, Martyn Webster, said the community deserves better, adding: “At a time when the average pay of hard working nurses on the front line of the NHS has actually fallen in the past year, and a time when we’re being told that health services in Dorset need to change because otherwise there’ll be a funding gap of anything up to £200 million a year, if this story is true, then it beggars belief.”

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http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/13526826.Medical_director_retires__claims___1_9m_pension___then_is_rehired_at_higher_salary/

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My mum died after being left in her own urine for eight days

Its beggars belief that we keep on seeing these shocking photo’s and stories of complete and utter neglect. How any human being can be left and treated in such an inhumane way.  Joanna

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Daughter claims her tragic 69-year-old mum was left in a disgusting condition as carers “neglected her and took away her dignity”

A devastated woman has ­accused care workers of negligence following the death of her mum – who was left lying in a urine-soaked bed for eight days. Margot Green, 69, was being visited by carers at her home twice daily but one day pressed her emergency alarm and was rushed to hospital. Doctors at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton found the pensioner was in agony with ammonia burns. Although medics confirmed she had an infection, she was too frail to have more tests and died four days later.

Daughter Corrin Garland, 43, says she returned to her mum’s house and was horrified to find it in a “disgusting” condition. Margot’s bed was covered in urine and faeces and Corrin claims she had not been showered for three weeks. Corrin has now made an official ­complaint to Way Ahead Care, who ­provided Margot with two half-hour care visits each day for £35 a week.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mum-died-after-being-left-6177084

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Soiled: Margot Green’s living conditions while she was in care

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Mother releases harrowing pictures of her daughter, 23, wasting away in hospital before she died after doctors failed to notice she was malnourished

  • Kayleigh Compton died after being treated at Peterborough City Hospital 
  • The 23-year-old had lost six stone in eight months before being admitted
  • Doctors failed to note weight loss and did not offer feeding tube on arrival
  • She died a month later after being placed in a medically induced coma

A mother has released harrowing photographs of her daughter wasting away in hospital after doctors failed to notice her severe malnutrition. Kayleigh Compton died in hospital after plummeting to less than five stone in just one year. The 23-year-old had developed a condition which made her sick every time she ate.  Doctors at Peterborough City Hospital carried out a malnutrition test when she was first admitted but it failed to give an accurate assessment of her condition.

When the correct reading was obtained doctors assumed her malnutrition was the result of an eating disorder despite the aspiring photographer’s protestations.  She refused a feeding tube for weeks, failing to understand that another condition may have caused her to become so malnourished. Miss Compton eventually died after being placed in a medically induced coma having collapsed.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3176125/Mother-releases-harrowing-pictures-daughter-23-wasting-away-hospital-died-doctors-failed-notice-malnourished.html

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Kayleigh Compton above, 23-year-old aspiring photographer

Kayleigh Compton below two days before her death
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A scalpel in the back: How hospital buried evidence that could clear surgeon jailed over patient’s death after 40-year ‘exemplary’ career

  •       BMI Healthcare heaped blame over death of James Hughes on David Sellu
  •       Surgeon was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter and jailed
  •       Senior consultant claims that surgeon was made a ‘scapegoat’ by BMI 
  •       Accused of wanting to cover up broader failings at the Clementine Churchill Hospital

Britain’s biggest private healthcare firm concealed an internal report that identified ‘systemic failings’ at one of its hospitals where a patient died after a routine knee operation, a Mail on Sunday investigation can reveal. The hospital’s owner, BMI Healthcare, heaped blame for the death of a retired builder on one of its surgeons, David Sellu. He was convicted at the Old Bailey of gross negligence manslaughter and jailed for two and a half years, ending a 40-year career described by colleagues as ‘exemplary’.

James Hughes had complained of stomach pains after the operation and died just over a week later of cardiac arrest following a ruptured bowel while he was under the care of Mr Sellu. The Root Cause Analysis (RCA) report ordered by BMI into what went wrong was hidden from Mr Sellu’s trial in 2013. Documents obtained by this newspaper reveal that BMI executives not only read the report, but were taking advice from the firm’s lawyers on its ‘status’.

Last night, Peter McDonald, a senior colorectal consultant at London’s world famous St Mark’s Hospital, told this newspaper in an exclusive interview that he considers BMI made Mr Sellu a ‘scapegoat’ for the broader failings at the Clementine Churchill Hospital in North-West London.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3174741/A-scalpel-hospital-buried-evidence-clear-surgeon-jailed-patient-s-death-40-year-exemplary-career.html

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Scapegoat’: Surgeon David Sellu, left,  was jailed for two-and-a-half years for gross negligence manslaughter over the death of James Hughes, right

 

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Exposure: NHS Out of Hours Undercover

An undercover probe into  Care UK , Britain’s biggest provider of out-of-hours services, has revealed patients are put at “huge risk”.

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Healthcare providers face fines for missing the national four-hour target for all emergency departments to conclude 95% of cases. But covert footage has suggested doctors are discharging patients when they near the limit. They continue to receive treatment later on, but off the books. Suzanne Mason, professor of Emergency medicine at the University of Sheffield, said: “By discharging somebody off your system before they’ve left the department, there’s a huge risk something could happen to that patient.”

The month-long probe by ITV’s Exposure, presented by Mark Austin was broadcast on Wednesday night 22nd July which exposed major concerns at Care UK’s 24-hour Ealing Urgent Care Centre, West London.

One doctor told an undercover reporter he discharged a patient to meet the target. He said: “It’s all… playing the game. I’ve discharged her, but I’m still dealing with her. So as far as statistics are concerned she was discharged within four hours.” Two days later, the same doctor said he had discharged another patient before treatment finished. He added: “It happens a lot.”

Care UK said both the firm and doctor “refuted any suggestion patients have been discharged before treatment is complete”. The probe into Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s NHS also revealed patients were given thermometers to take their temperature, to determine which were seen first. Care UK, which had a turnover of more than £700million last year, said “this does not appear to be good practice”, and it “will undertake any retraining necessary.” Other alleged failings included empty medicine cabinets, and work experience students being told to check up on patients when staff were busy. Care UK said: “Stocks of medications are monitored closely.” It added students should not have been asked to check up on patients.

 

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Doctor who slapped A&E patient’s face struck off

A SCOTTISH doctor who was planning his retirement after an unblemished 40-year career has been struck off in disgrace after he slapped a patient who had become abusive in a hospital A&E department.

Consultant Dominic McCreadie, 64, used his right hand to hit the 66-year-old in the face after he lost his temper when the pensioner began struggling violently and swearing at him whilst receiving treatment. The unnamed patient, who had been flailing his arms around whilst being given an injection, was said to have “calmed down” after being slapped. But McCreadie was reported by a junior colleague who witnessed the incident and described the medic’s actions as “inappropriate”. He was subsequently quizzed by police under caution and during an interview with officers admitted: “I accept that I was frustrated and exasperated by this patient.”

At a fitness to practise hearing of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, McCreadie, formerly of Glasgow, now of Warwick, agreed to “voluntary erasure” from the General Medical Council register after being found guilty of misconduct.

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http://www.scotsman.com/news/health/doctor-who-slapped-a-e-patient-s-face-struck-off-1-3836122

Dr Dominic McCreadie said that he held the patients mouth shut with his hand. Picture: Cavendish Press

Dr Dominic McCreadie said that he held the patients mouth shut with his hand. Picture: Cavendish Press

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Jeremy Hunt announces new measures to improve safety across NHS

Freedom to Speak Up, Morecambe Bay Investigation and the clinical incidents investigations review recommendations accepted.

The government has published (16 July 2015) Learning not Blaming* its full response to the Freedom to Speak Up consultation, the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) report on investigating clinical incidents in the NHS and the Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust Investigation.

Jeremy Hunt told Parliament today that when things go wrong “they will no longer be swept under the carpet” and that the NHS must “listen, learn and improve”.

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https://www.gov.uk/government/news/jeremy-hunt-announces-new-measures-to-improve-safety-across-nhs

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Learning not blaming The Department of Health *

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How Will MyNotes Medical work for you? Watch our walk-through slides

We have had a fantastic response regarding MyNotes Medical, but people are still unsure how MyNotes Medical works.

Here is a short slide presentation walkthrough how the programme will work. We NEED your support to help us to help you. Please pledge your support on our link http://goo.gl/3rf9c7  Thank you, Together We Can Make A Difference Joanna 

 

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Six out of 10 doctors in Wales bullied for raising safety concerns, says damning BMA report

Dr Phil Banfield, chair of the association, says the figures from a survey of doctors and consultants in secondary care are ‘hugely worrying’

Six out of 10 doctors and consultants in Wales say they have been bullied or harassed for raising concerns about patient safety to senior managers. That is just one of the damning statistics from a survey of doctors and consultants in secondary care released today by the British Medical Association (BMA). The association’s Welsh Council chairman, Dr Phil Banfield, has called the findings “hugely worrying” and called on the Welsh Government to “create a culture of support”.

The report goes on to suggest that doctors and consultants think the NHS in Wales is riven with poor leadership and a lack of direction from hospital managers, and that serious mistakes are avoided more by luck than sound planning and robust systems.

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http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/six-out-10-doctors-wales-9497328

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Hospital doctor secretly recorded making patient threat

A disabled man who secretly recorded verbal abuse by a hospital doctor has received an apology from an NHS trust.

David Massey, 54, recorded the doctor, whom he had previously made a complaint about, saying: “What can I do to you? I can probably beat you up, I suppose.” After police were called, one officer suggested leaving him “on the Cat and Fiddle” A537 road in Cheshire. Cheshire Police said they “regret” the incident. Mr Massey said he thought the incident, in March 2014, was “disgraceful”The patient, who has diabetes and chronic back pain, went to an out-of-hours clinic at Macclesfield General Hospital.

The patient, who has diabetes and chronic back pain, went to an out-of-hours clinic at Macclesfield General Hospital. He says he was in severe pain and needed another pain-relieving patch. After a long discussion, the doctor refused to give him any medication but Mr Massey declined to leave and started secretly recording the conversation on his phone.

Speaking about how he could get Mr Massey to leave the room, the doctor can be heard saying: “I can probably beat you up I suppose.” Mr Massey then replies: “You’re going to beat me up?”, to which the doctor responds: “Yeah”.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-33191817

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David Massey

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Carer flew to Jamaica with money she stole from vulnerable clients

A carer who stole more than £2,300 from the vulnerable women she was supposed to be looking after has been jailed for six months.

Rosemarie Walker-Detroit from Low Hill spent the cash on a tip to Jamaica, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard. The 54-year-old, who was working for Accord Group at the time, forged bank letters, took control of her victims’ cash cards and withdrew money from their accounts. Judge Michael Challinor said: “She has targeted vulnerable victims who are easier to dupe. “These victims knew they had been swindled and it has impacted on their lives. The harm here is the breach of trust, the fact these people were reliant on her care.”

Walker-Detroit, of Colley Avenue, was jailed after admitting three counts of fraud spanning March to October last year. An investigation was launched after a woman in her care, who was in her early 50s and suffering from medical, emotional and financial problems, became suspicious about £750 withdrawn from her account. After calling the victim’s bank, the police became involved and it was discovered Walker-Detroit had taken a total of £1,702.85 from her debit account.

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http://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-news/2015/06/15/carer-flew-to-jamaica-with-money-she-stole-from-vulnerable-clients/

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Health experts urge ministers to publish secret list of failing NHS trusts

Group of respected healthcare figures says that identifying hospitals deemed unviable should lead to a substantial cut in the number of NHS organisations.

Ministers are under pressure to publish a secret list of hospital trusts that the NHS leadership believes are performing so poorly that they are no longer viable. Identifying hospitals deemed unsustainable should then lead to a substantial cut in the overall number of organisations that provide NHS care, despite the unpopularity of doing so, a group of respected healthcare figures says.

The group is urging ministers to publish the list of 90 English trusts that have not achieved foundation trust status, drawn up last year by the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA), the body which supervises them. It is understood to have concluded that some could yet become foundation trusts, but many would need to be taken over by other trusts or become part of the new chains of hospitals that the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, plans to introduce in the autumn. The call comes from experts including Sir Robert Naylor, the chief executive of University College Hospital London, which is widely seen as the NHS’s best-performing hospital, and Stephen Dorrell, a former Conservative health secretary.

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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/15/health-experts-urge-ministers-to-publish-secret-list-of-failing-nhs-trusts

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The former Conservative health secretary Stephen Dorrell is among those calling for the list to be made public.

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‘Dishonest and untrustworthy’ woman forged documents to get work as a carer

A CARER who was struck off amid allegations of theft forged documents to allow her to continue to work – and stole from a family she was looking after.

Veronica Newton, 41, falsified a police record to get another job and kept up the charade until other clients reported things missing from their homes. Even when she was confronted by bosses, she brazenly maintained the lies and made a fake phone call to the authorities to try to cover her tracks. However, the call was recorded and it was discovered that she had been put on hold and the conversation she pretended to have had not been with anybody.

Mother-of-two Newton, of Malvern Crescent, Darlington, was condemned by a judge at Teesside Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday), but was allowed to walk free. Recorder Martin Bethel, QC, imposed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with supervision and unpaid work, and told her: “You must never ever work in this sort of employment in the future because you have demonstrated you are a thoroughly dishonest and untrustworthy person.”

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http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/13325590._Dishonest_and_untrustworthy__woman_forged_documents_to_get_work_as_a_carer/

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Dishonest: Veronica Newton leaving court

 

 

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Will Powell: “For 25 Years The State Has Covered Up The Negligence That Killed My Boy Robbie”

Please watch and listen to Will Powell’s shocking account of what happened to his son Robbie 25 years ago

 

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Oliver Sargent death: Safeguarding opportunities missed

Health professionals missed “several opportunities” to safeguard an 11-month-old boy before he died of a skull fracture inflicted by his father, a serious case review has found.

Paul Thomas, from Telford, was jailed for 10 years in April for the manslaughter of his son Oliver Sargent. Oliver’s mother Ashlea was convicted of causing or allowing his death. The infant could have been removed from his home had the abuse been recognised earlier, the review concluded. Oliver’s parents, whose relationship was described in the report as “unstable”, took him to the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford on four occasions.

He was was seen by a number of doctors there and one questioned if the injuries could have been non-accidental, but another, a consultant, accepted Oliver’s mother’s claim that he was a “very active child who rolled on to toys”.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-32963741

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Paul Thomas was acquitted of murder but convicted of the manslaughter and his wife Ashlea waws cleared of murder and manslaughter

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Stepping Hill nurse Victorino Chua guilty of murdering patients

A nurse has been convicted of murdering two patients and poisoning 20 others at a Greater Manchester hospital.

Victorino Chua killed Tracey Arden, 44, and Derek Weaver, 83, at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport by injecting insulin into saline bags and ampoules. These were then unwittingly used by other hospital nurses on Chua’s victims, who were mostly elderly. The father-of-two, 49, who was cleared of a third murder charge, left one patient with a serious brain injury.

Greater Manchester Police say the investigation which led to Victorino Chua’s arrest and conviction was one of the the biggest and most complex it has ever carried out.Officers flew to Chua’s native Philippines, where their investigations cast serious doubt over his medical qualifications.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-32782153

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32784310

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Victorino Chua

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Doctor who stole hospital patients’ leftover morphine to feed her addiction and injected herself at the end of shifts is spared jail

A doctor who stole morphine from the hospital where she worked to feed her drug habit has escaped jail.

Samianaz Siddiqui began pocketing the narcotic soon after she started work at York District Hospital in September last year. The 36-year-old took morphine left over from that given to patients and injected it at the end of her shift, a court heard. The plastic surgery specialist has now pleaded guilty to theft by an employee of morphine, cyclizine and needles but this week escaped a jail term with a suspended sentence. York Crown Court heard that four months after she started work at the hospital, Siddiqui’s thefts were uncovered by security staff, who saw her in a hospital theatre where she should not have been.

Suspicious staff searched the mother-of-one’s handbag and found several saline vials and five bloody syringes. The police were called and Siddiqui’s York home was also searched, where officers found a suitcase full of needles, bags of used needles, some empty ampules and cyclizine packets. Later examination of some of the items showed evidence of contact with morphine.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3083189/Doctor-stole-morphine-feed-addiction-spared-jail.html

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