STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

How MyNotes Medical got started by Joanna Slater

Well 3 and a half years later I’m very near with the help of co-founder Brad Meyer, but we need your help to use and test the app. Even if you have an iphone still sigh up and get on the list so we can inform you when we do launch iPhone. Click on the link to sign up       http://www.mynotesmedical.com/join-our-medical-testers-team/

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Listen to parents of sick children rather than tests, NHS tells doctors

New recommendations say medical staff must listen to parents who report their child is deteriorating, even if tests show no cause for alarm.

Doctors and nurses must listen to parents who report that their sick child is getting worse and investigate their concerns, even if the usual tests suggest there is no cause for alarm, say new NHS recommendations. NHS Improvement, which has reviewed the care of children who deteriorate while in hospital, says parents at the bedside are well placed to see any change in their child, but are not always heard and can be afraid to speak up.

Too often parents worry “about ‘time-wasting’ with any repeated concerns” or that they won’t be listened to, but “it is imperative that parents feel welcome and encouraged to speak up”, said Dr Mike Durkin, the NHS national director of patient safety. Children can deteriorate very quickly and die if they do not get the right treatment fast. Sepsis – blood poisoning – sometimes caused by meningitis, kills babies and children if they do not rapidly get antibiotics.

According to NHS Improvement, research shows that more than a quarter of preventable deaths in children and adults happen because they are not properly monitored so a change in their condition is not noticed.

Click on the link to read more

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jul/13/listen-to-parents-of-sick-children-rather-than-tests-nhs-tells-doctors

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NHS has 70,000 fewer staff after new headcount

Official numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives were inflated, latest figures show

The NHS, already struggling to meet rising demand with a chronic lack of staff, has 70,000 fewer personnel working for it than ministers have previously believed, new official figures show. Its own data collection experts have found that the official head count of the number of people staffing frontline services, which was only produced in December, inflated its workforce.

At the time, a total of 1,083,545 health professionals were said to be working in the 228 NHS trusts and 209 GP-led local clinical commissioning groups across England. But the NHS’s Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) now says that the true number was 1,014,218. That means the NHS had 69,317 fewer staff last September than the 1.1 million that ministers identified in December, including just over 15,000 fewer nurses, midwives and health visitors and 3,000 fewer doctors.

“These figures reveal that the staffing crisis in the NHS is actually far worse than we had feared,” said Heidi Alexander, Labour’s shadow health secretary. “Patients will rightly be concerned that there are 18,000 fewer doctors and nurses working in the NHS than ministers had thought only four months ago.”

Click on the link to read more

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/02/nhs-staffing-crisis-70000-go-missing

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Thousands of new doctors opt for a better life abroad

Disillusioned medics are quitting the NHS and heading for countries such as Australia

Doctors who are newly qualified form a growing proportion of the thousands of British medics seeking jobs abroad each year, triggering concerns that the NHS is heading for a staffing crisis.

Specialist recruitment agencies and GPs’ leaders say doctors, many of whom have just finished their training, are becoming disillusioned with the state of their profession and seeking fresh starts in countries such as Australia, where they can earn double what they are paid in Britain. Figures given to the Observer by the General Medical Council show that an average of 2,852 certificates enabling British doctors to work abroad were issued annually between 2008 and 2014 – a total of 19,522.

So far this year the council has issued a further 2,008 certificates of good standing, the document that enables doctors to register with an overseas regulatory body or employer, taking the total who have applied to work overseas in the last eight years to almost 22,000. “Medicine is a global profession and the UK has long relied on doctors coming to work in the UK from other countries and some UK-trained doctors have taken the opportunity to experience working overseas,” said Niall Dickson, chief executive of the GMC.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/23/new-doctors-leave-nhs-for-better-life-abroad

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A GP listening to a patient’s chest in 1948. Today GP vacancies remain unfilled and older doctors are retiring early.

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I’m determined that my mother’s death won’t be in vain – Belfast Telegraph

Blogger and health campaigner Joanna Slater has developed an app in a bid to help tackle communication breakdowns between medics and patients. By Lisa Salmon

Have you ever left a medical appointment and suddenly thought you didn’t understand or can’t remember exactly what the doctor said? Or are you one of the patients whose notes have gone missing?

Health campaigner Joanna Slater is developing an app to help address these very things, called MyNotes Medical, which will enable people to make audio or text recordings of consultations and list treatments and medications they’ve received.

Along with co-founder Brad Meyer, she has now set up a crowdfunding site in a bid to raise money to put the finishing touches to the app, and they hope to be able to launch it later this year.

For Slater, reaching this point was triggered by personal experience. Her 85-year-old mother, Kay, died in hospital in January 2008, six months after being admitted for hip surgery.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/im-determined-that-my-mothers-death-wont-be-in-vain-31380133.html

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My mother in hospital on her 85th Birthday and me with my two sisters

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NHS bullying is a threat to patients: Health ministers warning of ‘toxic’ culture after survey finds quarter of doctors, nurses and other staff have fallen victim

  • A quarter of all NHS employees have been victimised by their colleagues
  • Staff introduced to each other by their pay scales instead of their names
  • Hierarchical Attitudes impede ability to improve care and patients safety
  • NHS told to be more like Asda where staff have sense of pride over work 

A ‘toxic’ culture of bullying amongst NHS staff is putting the safety of patients at risk, a health minister has warned. Lord Prior revealed that a quarter of employees have been victimised by their own colleagues, a rate unheard of in other organisations. He said the health service needed to learn lessons from the supermarket chain Asda where staff feel valued and turn-up to work with a sense of pride.

By contrast, he spoke of how many doctors, nurses and back-office healthcare staff had become ‘switched-off’ and disillusioned. He also warned of the culture of hierarchy in the NHS with nurses routinely introducing themselves to other workers by their pay-scales, or ‘bands’, rather than their names. The health minister suggested that bosses should be ‘pushing the panic button’ over the high rates of bullying and taking urgent action to improve staff morale. He warned that the this attitude was impeding the NHS’s drive to improve care and safety, in the face of tighter financial constraints and the increasing elderly population.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3152886/NHS-bullying-threat-patients-Health-ministers-warning-toxic-culture-survey-finds-quarter-doctors-nurses-staff-fallen-victim.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Are you caring for a loved one or know someone that is? Is it going well? Are you worried?

Are you caring for a loved one? Is it going well? Would it be really useful to have a tool that you could keep notes instantly, keep an eye on what the doctors are saying and be able to go back on your notes?

Yes! well please look at MyNotes Medical which is to safeguard our loved ones.
MyNotes Medical will single-handedly revolutionize the health care system!

This little app will prevent so much suffering, anguish and heartache on the part of patients, their carers and families. It will also unquestionable save many, many lives

MyNotes Medical is long overdue, and needs your financial support now!

It is imperative that we get the funding we need to launch this project. Your help is desperately needed, however small. Please go to our website http://goo.gl/3rf9c7

Please help us to help you and your loved ones and Together we can make a difference

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New ‘duty of candour’ rules instruct medics to admit mistakes

 

New guidelines are being unveiled for doctors, nurses and midwives across the UK on being honest and open with patients when things go wrong.

Known as a “duty of candour”, the guidelines make clear that patients should expect a face-to-face apology. In April, the NHS introduced a rule that told NHS and private healthcare organisations to admit their mistakes candidly, and as soon as possible. Now the same rule is to be applied to individual medics.

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Detailed guidance makes clear staff should tell the patient as soon as possible when something has gone wrong, and what it might mean for their health. The guidance also makes clear that patients or their families should receive a face-to-face apology. For the avoidance of doubt, it even spells out words that such an apology might include, such as “I am sorry”. The guidance was drawn up by the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council and applies to more than 950,000 doctors, nurses and midwives working in the UK.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33286601

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When it’s time to fire your doctor by Dr Owen Wiese

Dr Owen Wiese says the difference between negligence and an honest mistake is a fine line in the medical profession. Here are some examples of just plain bad doctoring he’s seen.

“Doctors bury their mistakes” is a sad, but unfortunately not completely untrue saying.

A study published in the British Medical Journal Quality and Safety in 2013 estimates that 10 to 15% of diagnoses made by doctors are completely wrong. (The study also found major diagnostic discrepancies in 10-20% of autopsy cases.). In fact, medical care is the third leading cause of death in the United States. I’m sure in South Africa things may not be much different, even if they are for different reasons.

As a GP in my ‘previous life’, I encountered rather strange diagnoses made by my colleagues in clinical practice.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.health24.com/Columnists/When-doctors-are-negligent-misdiagnose-and-make-mistakes-20150624

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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.

Click on the link to read more

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

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NHS recruiter says the Government needs to recruit more foreign doctors to meet its targets

The Government must allow the NHS to recruit more doctors from abroad if it is to meet its targets to boost GP numbers, a leading recruiter has said.

The Conservative manifesto called for the health service to take on 5,000 more GPs to help surgeries extend opening hours. The reform is part of a long-term strategy to move care out of hospitals and into local surgeries, thought to be a more efficient way of delivering treatment.

But ManpowerGroup Solutions UK, one of the biggest recruiters of GPs for the NHS, said there were not enough “homegrown” GPs to accomplish the policy. “David Cameron has pledged to recruit 5,000 new GPs to extend surgery opening hours. That will improve care for millions, but it’s hard to see where those doctors will come from,” said James Hick, managing director of the group.

“As a major recruiter of GPs, we see that there are not enough homegrown new clinicians. There’s no simple fix – even if we were to double the number of medical school graduates from British universities, it still wouldn’t solve the problem. “We’re already reliant on doctors and nurses from abroad. Twenty six percent are non-British and that number could rise by 50% over the next five years.”

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/nhs-recruiter-says-the-government-needs-to-recruit-more-foreign-doctors-to-meet-its-targets-10306941.html

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Hiring an extra 5,000 GPs would be very difficult without overseas recruitment, major recruiter says

 

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NHS in war on staff drug use

DOZENS of stressed out NHS workers have been suspended, disciplined or sacked for alcohol and drugs abuse in Scotland.

Around 80 medical staff were temporarily banned from their duties because of substance abuse, with a further 54 facing additional disciplinary action. Up to 20 lost their jobs because of drink and drugs issues while some 50 were offered treatment to overcome their addiction. But it is thought the figures, obtained under Freedom of Information legislation and excluding Tayside and Grampian health boards, represent only the tip of the iceberg.

UK wide, around 100 cases involving substance abuse end up in front of the regulatory body, the General Medical Council (GMC), every year. A support organisation for dentists and doctors struggling with drugs and alcohol admitted it was a huge issue which was simply not being discussed.

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/571443/NHS-war-staff-drug-use

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NHS stress: a third of GPs plan to retire in next five years

A third of GP’s in the UK plan to retire in the next five years because of high stress levels, unmanageable workloads and too little time with patients, in a move that would exacerbate the existing difficulty of getting an appointment.

A poll of 15,560 GPs by the British Medical Association (BMA) has found that 34% intend to stop working by 2020, with many others going part-time, moving abroad or even abandoning medicine altogether. The findings thrust the issue of GP numbers into the election spotlight as the BMA accused the political parties of making “absurd” promises to tackle what it called a “crisis” and of ignoring the reasons why NHS general practice is facing a worsening shortage of medics.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the BMA’s GPs committee, said: “It is clear that incredible pressures on GP services are at the heart of this problem, with escalating demand having far outstripped capacity. “GPs are overworked and intensely frustrated that they do not have enough time to spend with their patients, especially the increasing numbers of older people with multiple and complex problems who need specialised care.”

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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/15/nhs-stress-third-gps-plan-retire-five-years

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Our account of the appalling lack of duty of care and the terrible death of our mother on unauthorised LCP, who died on 14 June 2013. By sisters Rosalind Brewer and Marilyn Ealy

All your stories, Strength in Numbers. Please read this in-depth shocking account written to the hospital complaining of the course of events which led to Rosalind Brewer and Marilyn Ealy’s mother’s death.

Dear Sir/Madam

We’re writing to you to make a complaint about the lack of care, attention, compassion, and appalling communications received from the staff at Frimley Park Hospital to both our Mother and ourselves, and the circumstances that led to our Mother’s recent death.

Before our Mother Mrs Gerda Ealy (who was 88) was admitted into Frimley Park Hospital, and before the media announced the abuse of the Liverpool Care Pathway, we already feared the outcome of our Mother’s admission into hospital. We also expressed our concerns to the ambulance drivers and staff at A&E.

Our Mother was not terminally ill, but was elderly and as a result of this we feel it underlines the fact that she was targeted by putting her on LCP in order to hasten her death.

Please continue to read by clicking on the PDF below. It will surely shock you. The family want justice.

OUR ACCOUNT – COMPLAINT OF THE LACK OF CARE OF OUR MOTHER WITHOUT NAME

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Senior doctors assess government’s record on NHS – letter in full

More than 100 senior professionals write in a personal capacity outlining their view of how the NHS in England has fared under the coalition

After five years of a government which pledged to protect the NHS, this election campaign makes it timely to assess its stewardship, since 2010, of England’s most precious institution. Our verdict, as doctors working in and for the NHS, is that history will judge that this administration’s record is characterised by broken promises, reductions in necessary funding, and destructive legislation, which leaves health services weaker, more fragmented, and less able to perform their vital role than at any time in the NHS’s history.

In short, the coalition has failed to keep its NHS  pledges.

Click on the link to read in full and the doctors who have put their name to the letter.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/07/senior-doctors-assess-governments-record-on-nhs-letter-in-full

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Pledge to protect the NHS … a Conservative party election poster from 2010

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Why are some doctors STILL so rude to patients’ loved ones? After two very different encounters at the same hospital, this lament that’ll strike a chord with many

  • Sarah Foot says a consultant talked down at her and her sick husband
  • Her ‘hostile body language’ was ‘telling me to shut up and know my place’
  • Says that like all relatives, what she needed was kindness and support

Here’s the scene: My husband Tony is desperately ill and I’m sitting by his hospital bed. He’s been sick for weeks and at one stage I was told he was expected to die. He’s now out of a coma and no longer, thank God, one of the ten sickest people in the vast teaching hospital. But still no one knows what’s wrong with him. He’s been moved from the intensive care unit into a small room when suddenly a consultant descends.

She crashes through the door, followed by half a dozen of her juniors, who crowd round the bed and wait for her to speak. No one’s in any doubt who’s in charge. She talks not at us, but down to us, like some reincarnation of the monstrous Sir Lancelot Spratt (played by James Robertson Justice) from the Doctor In The House films. Except this isn’t funny. Tony has been in hospital for more than a month, but how or why he got ill so suddenly no one really knows.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3018726/Why-doctors-rude-patients-loved-ones-two-different-encounters-hospital-lament-ll-strike-chord-many.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Thousands die of thirst and poor care in NHS

Up to 40,000 patients die annually because hospital staff fail to diagnose a treatable kidney problem, a figure that dwarfs the death toll from superbugs like MRSA

At least 1,000 hospital patients are dying needlessly each month from dehydration and poor care by doctors and nurses, according to an NHS study. The deaths from acute kidney injury could be prevented by simple steps such as nurses ensuring patients have enough to drink and doctors reviewing their medication, the researchers say. Between 15,000 and 40,000 patients die annually because hospital staff fail to diagnose the treatable kidney problem, a figure that dwarfs the death toll from superbugs like MRSA.

The report comes less than a year after the NHS watchdog NICE was forced to issue guidelines on giving patients water after it found that 42,000 deaths a year could be avoided if staff ensured the sick were hydrated.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/10778537/Thousands-die-of-thirst-and-poor-care-in-NHS.html

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NHS: Britain’s top doctor says hospitals ”bursting at seams” and slams Government’s ”sticking plaster solutions”

Patients’ lives are at risk because the Government has failed to find any “real solutions” to the NHS crisis, Britain’s top doctor warns today.

Dr Mark Porter, chair of the the British Medical Association, which represents more than 150,000 doctors, blames the Tory-led coalition for the growing chaos in the health service as hospitals are “bursting at the seams” after A&E units across the country suffered “one of the worst winters on record”. In a major blow for the Government, Dr Porter, one of the most powerful people in the health service, will today go on the attack over new BMA research which exposes the scale of the NHS crisis for the first time.  And he slammed both prime minister David Cameron and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt for their “series of headline grabbing initiatives and sticking plaster policies to bail out accident and emergency departments”. He accused the Government of failing to develop “a long-term, sustainable solution”.

Please click on the link to read and watch the video’s

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-britains-top-doctor-says-5394984

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Attack: Dr Porter slammed A&E crisis

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GP’s told to let older doctors go home early – to prevent mistakes

Do you think older doctors should be allowed to go home at 4pm, or should they retire? Please fill in our one question survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Older-Doctors

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Older doctors should be allowed to go home at 4pm to stop errors occurring, according to new guidance. NHS England says flexible working patterns should be brought in to help older GPs who find their “concentration goes” after 4pm. The advice was given by Kate Staveley, assistant performance director at NHS England’s Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucester area team. Writing in the March newsletter of Devon’s Local Medical Committee, she said: “We are all working harder than we ever have before and if we want to thrive and survive it is essential that we look after ourselves and each other.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/gps-told-older-doctors-go-5

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Tired: Doctors would benefit from more flexible hours

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NHS calls for British doctors working in Australia to come back and help the shortfall in numbers in the UK

The NHS has been forced to ask British doctors in Australia to come home due to a major shortfall in numbers. Around 1,000 more GPs are urgently needed in England, according to new figures released by the House of Commons library.  It is thought that nearly 1,500 doctors – who cost the taxpayer up to £610,000 to train – move to Australia every year.

To bridge the gap they have been offered a place on a ‘fully funded’ programme, which they can choose to be either full or part time, if they return.  An advert was placed in the Australian Doctor and the Medical Observer by NHS England’s Shropshire and Staffordshire area team and Health Education Midlands earlier this month. It said: ‘This scheme will help you rediscover and enhance the skills you need to return, or start to practise in the UK. ‘It’s fully funded, so you will be supported whilst you complete the programme.’

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2974170/NHS-calls-British-doctors-working-Australia-come-help-shortfall-numbers-UK.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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111 line increasing pressure on NHS, say leading doctors

The figures were produced by the doctors’ union the BMA, which has had long-standing concerns over NHS 111. Doctors’ leaders say increased referrals mean more pressure on already overstretched GPs and hospitals. NHS England says the 111 service is meeting increasing demand. A spokesman said the proportion of referrals to GPs and emergency services had remained steady despite a surge in calls. But the BMA is concerned that the service is not delivering appropriate advice to some patients and this means some are being incorrectly directed to busy hospitals and GP surgeries.

The BMA looked at the outcomes of calls to NHS 111, which was rolled out in March 2013 to replace the old NHS Direct service. In its final full year of operation in 2011-12, NHS Direct received 4.4 million calls from patients. In comparison, calls to NHS 111 increased year-on-year and in 2014 (up to November) it received and responded to more than 15.4 million calls. Referrals from NHS 111 to A&E increased from just under 400,000 calls in 2013 to over a million in 2014. Similarly, referrals to GPs went up from just under 3 million to 8 million between 2013 and 2014.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31119807

Have you recently used the NHS 111 number? Were you referred to a GP or A&E department? You can share your experiences by emailing  haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk   If you would be happy to speak further to a BBC journalist, please include a contact telephone number.

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Me and my granddaughter. This is why I want change in the NHS by Joanna Slater

I never post anything about my private life, but I had to share these selfie’s pictured with me and my granddaughter Sophie 17 months old.

I want an NHS back to when I was Sophie’s age at 17 months old. An NHS that our mothers and fathers were proud and confident to be part of. An NHS that we had faith in the hands that were healing us. An NHS having compassion and empathy with young and old. An NHS with no cover ups, no politics, and an NHS that we know our loved ones will be cared and supported for in their later years.

We have so many wonderful doctors and nurses that are under so much pressure due to staff shortages etc. This is not a reflection on them.

All the stories posted from the news media and personal experiences here on Strength in Numbers are because these stories should never be yesterday’s news as it’s so easy to forget. Strength in Numbers fighting for the NHS we once believed in. Joanna

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Me and my granddaughter Sophie. Joanna Slater

 

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Smooth Operator? Surgeons and songs are a winning mix, study finds

After a study of music and healing, Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales came up with a tongue-in-cheek list of what to play in theatre. While classical music is preferred by most surgeons, some more current suggestions were put forward. Sade’s Smooth Operator was approved – but REM’s Everybody Hurts is a no-no. Although the songs are only meant as a bit of festive fun from medical staff at the hospital, the benefits of music helping patients and surgeons alike stems from a legitimate study. According to their findings, around 80% of theatre staff said music helped while carrying out operations. They also found that music is played 62-72% of the time in the operating theatre, with songs often chosen by the lead surgeon.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-30413978?

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All Your Stories – Strength in Numbers

Dear Friends,

I have just published a new story on the All Your Stories – Strength in Numbers page. Its a tragic account of what happened to Angie Weaver’s beautiful daughter Georgina.

Georgina was suffering with severe headaches & vomiting and was admitted to hospital in October 2012. Please read Angie’s story what happened next, and how she now feels totally let down by the NHS. Georgina sadly passed away the end of August 2013.

Thank you Angie for sharing Georgina’s tragic story with us, as I know how hard it must have been for you to write this.

Joanna

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Junior doctors still lack the confidence to whistle-blow

Many trainee doctors are still too afraid to blow the whistle on patient safety concerns, according to a new report by the General Medical Council, which also that found nearly one in 10 experience bullying in the workplace. The medical regulator’s annual survey of 50,000 doctors in training saw a dramatic decline in the number of patient safety concerns raised, after doctors were told their anonymity could not be guaranteed. Only 0.8 per cent of trainees raised a concern, compared to 5.2 per cent last year. Part of the decline may be due to changes to the GMC’s survey methods, but the regulator said that “foregoing complete anonymity” had also been “off-putting for some”.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/report-junior-doctors-still-lack-the-confidence-to-whistleblow-9868844.html

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Own up to mistakes, hospital staff told: New guidelines will order doctors and nurses to apologise to patients and families

Doctors and nurses are being ordered to own up to their mistakes and to say sorry to patients and families. The joint guidelines from the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council instruct staff to report an error immediately to prevent a repeat. Figures show as many as a fifth of all hospital trusts are under-recording mistakes and near-misses – some of which have fatal consequences.  They include ‘never’ events such as the wrong organs being removed, swabs left inside patients or overdoses of drugs.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2818253/Own-mistakes-hospital-staff-told-New-guidelines-order-doctors-nurses-apologise-patients-families.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Anger over ‘cash for diagnoses’ dementia plan

Family doctors will be paid £55 for every patient they diagnose with dementia under a new NHS England scheme which has been condemned as an “ethical travesty”. Leading GPs said the national project amounted to “cash for diagnoses” – allowing doctors to make a direct profit if they classify patients as suffering from dementia. In some parts of the country, NHS authorities have gone still further – offering family doctors £200 for each new diagnosis made, The Telegraph can reveal.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11177632/Anger-over-cash-for-diagnoses-dementia-plan.html

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‘More doctors than ever’ coming to UK from Europe

There are “more doctors than ever” coming to work in Britain from Europe, says the General Medical Council. Southern Europe now provides more doctors than South Asia to the UK, which was previously the main source. The GMC said the tightening of immigration rules for people outside the continent could explain the change. In an annual report the regulator also said more women were working in “traditionally male” areas such as surgery and emergency medicine. It said the profession would soon have equal numbers of men and women.

In total, the number of doctors coming to Britain from overseas increased 8% from 5,204 in 2008 to 5,619 in 2013. Of these, in 2008, 18% were from southern Europe and 28% from South Asia. This changed to 33% from southern Europe and 20% from South Asia in 2013. Overall there were 259,650 doctors in the UK in 2013.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29525247?

 

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UK’s worst doctors are named, shamed but let off: Just a slap on the wrist… for fatal mistakes and criminal behaviour

Some of Britain’s worst doctors have been allowed to carry on practising despite making fatal medical errors and engaging in criminal behaviour, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
In spite of such failings as overlooking cancer symptoms, botching operations and kerb-crawling, they have been effectively let off with a slap on the wrist.
In total, 147 doctors were given formal warnings by the General Medical Council (GMC) in 2013, which is charged with upholding professional standards. Cases included:
At least five in which doctors missed the symptoms of cancer – sometimes with fatal consequences;
A surgeon who threw a scalpel across an operating theatre during an operation;
A GP who indecently exposed himself at a Christmas party; and another caught soliciting for prostitutes.
In each case, the GMC chose to issue a warning rather than impose a tougher penalty. Last year, 55 other doctors were struck off – 1.6 per cent of the 3,348 formally investigated.
A further 86 were suspended, out of the total of 233,000 doctors who are licensed to practise

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2720973/UK-s-worst-doctors-named-shamed-let-Just-slap-wrist-fatal-mistakes-criminal-behaviour.html

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Mid Staffs comment: This is why the NHS must defend its whistleblowers

The Mid Staffs scandal shows the NHS needs staff who are prepared to blow the whistle more than ever, says Stephen Barclay MP.

In the wake of the Francis Report into the deaths of up to 1,200 people at Mid Staffordshire NHS trust; and the news that further hospitals are under investigation for higher than expected death rates, it is clear our current system of regulation has failed.
One way to improve this is to offer greater support for whistleblowers. Given the complex and rapidly changing nature of healthcare regulators will always be playing catch up. It is those on the ground who have a unique vantage point to uncover wrongdoing and ensure patient safety.
Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9865521/Mid-Staffs-comment-This-is-why-the-NHS-must-defend-its-whistleblowers.html

 

 

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Robbie Powell death: report redactions uncovered by ‘Wales This Week’

Parts of an independent report into the death of a child, which were withheld by First Minister Carwyn Jones, have been uncovered by a Wales This Week investigation.

Mr Jones made 18 redactions to the report, which was meant to expose the truth about the death of ten-year-old Robbie Powell, from Ystradgynlais.

A leading QC and medical negligence expert has branded some of the redactions ‘absolutely astonishing’, but Carwyn Jones said today that the report does give a ‘full picture’ of what happened.

Robbie died in April 1990 from Addison’s Disease, a rare but treatable condition.

In the fortnight before he died he was seen by five different doctors

Click on the link and scroll down to see the full news report from ITV Wales

http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2013-01-14/robbie-powell-death-report-redactions-uncovered-by-wales-this-week/

Click here to sign the petition

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/34926

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Breaking News – Statement on Robert Powell – Apology by First Minister.

17th July 2012. First Minister Carwyn Jones has apologised to the parents of Robbie Powell, who died more than 20 years ago following a “catalogue of errors

Please click on the video link to see the Statement given at the National Assembly Wales

http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/wales/newsid_9738000/9738458.stm

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