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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Document all your health issues for you and your loved ones. MyNotes Medical download today

WITH YOUR HELP YOU WILL HELP US MAKE A MAJOR CHANGE IN HOW WE DOCUMENT OUR HEALTH CARE

We are currently looking for people only with “Android mobile devices” (phone or tablet) to use and test our app so MyNotes Medical will be the number one health documentation app available.

Click on this link  http://wp.me/P7C3OA-U  and please fill out the form to become one of testers and information how to download.                       Phase 2 iOS (iphone) will come at a later date.

In exchange for your early feedback we will give you free access to all upgrades for life to the first 100 people which will make you one of our founder members.

The MyNotes Medical program has been designed to help people protect and care for themselves, their loved ones and their patients (if they are carers or health practitioners.

Users of the app can do this by keeping and sharing accurate and accessible records of a person’s condition and treatment at the tap of a finger.

 TO TAKE NOTES

Recording robust written, audio and visual notes with the MyNotes Medical app enables patients to be more “informed, involved and engaged in getting better”.

The rich, chronological event log of text, audio, video and photo notes is automatically built and secured in a searchable format by the MyNotes Medical app.

Users of the MyNotes Medical app can easily add their personal information and details of treatment, medications and appointments

TO SHARE NOTES

MyNotes Medical users can easily refer to and share all of these details – including an accurate record of what was said, by whom and when – as treatment progresses.

TO RESEARCH HEALTH ISSUES

Between visits to the doctor or consultant, MyNotes Medical allows patients and carers to review and share recordings of the consultation/diagnosis with friends and family and to research vetted sites about related healthcare issues.

Together we can make a difference

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Thank you so much, Joanna Slater

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‘We were told not to pick a fight with the NHS’: Parents of three-year-old who died needlessly from sepsis were made to feel like the tragedy was ‘just bad luck’

  • Sam Morrish died at Torbay Hospital in South Devon in December 2010 
  • His parents took him to see health professionals four times in 36 hours
  • Initial investigation by health Ombudsman said death was avoidable
  • Parents called for a second investigation as questions were unanswered 
  • Second damning report ruled NHS organisations refused to accept blame 

The parents of a three-year-old boy who died needlessly of sepsis have told of how they were warned ‘not to pick a fight’ with the NHS. Sam Morrish succumbed to the illness in 2010 following a catalogue of failings by out-of-hours GPs, hospital doctors and NHS call centre staff.

A damning report into his death yesterday by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman accused the NHS of failing to investigate mistakes and refusing to accept blame. His parents, Scott and Sue Morrish, who live in Newton Abbot, Devon, spoke of how they were made to feel the tragedy was bad luck.

The little boy – described as a ‘force of nature’- died in December 2010 just 36 hours after they first sought medical help. Over that time they were sent away and dismissed by GPs, hospital doctors and call centres at NHS Direct, which has since become NHS 111. An initial report by the Ombudsman in 2014 concluded that his death was avoidable and he would have been saved had doctors picked up on early warning signs.

Click on the link to read more

http://goo.gl/fhsHsa

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Three-year-old Sam Morrish died from sepsis in 2010 after a catalogue of errors by various NHS bodies. A damning report into his death today accused the NHS of failing to properly investigate the tragedy

 

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Doctors’ basic errors are killing 1,000 patients a month. Biggest ever study of errors in British hospitals finds one in ten patients affected

Almost 12,000 patients are dying needlessly in NHS hospitals every year because of basic errors by medical staff, according to the largest and most detailed study into hospital deaths ever performed in the UK.

The researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and colleagues found something went wrong with the care of 13 per cent of the patients who died in hospitals. An error only caused death in 5.2 per cent of these – equivalent to 11,859 preventable deaths in hospitals in England.

Helen Hogan, who led the study, said: “We found medical staff were not doing the basics well enough – monitoring blood pressure and kidney function, for example. They were also not assessing patients holistically early enough in their admission so they didn’t miss any underlying condition. And they were not checking side-effects… before prescribing drugs.”

Click on the link to read more

http://goo.gl/FFgshf

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Kane Gorny’s mother Rita Cronin with her lawyer outside court PA

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Church Crookham baby death sparks national review into care for newborns

15 years since the tragic death of their newborn daughter, Anne and Graeme Dixon have welcomed an investigation into the care of babies who need extra support.

A health watchdog has released the results of a national review into the care of newborns who need extra support, sparked by a Church Crookem  couple who tragically lost their baby. Anne and Graeme Dixon’s daughter Elizabeth was born at Frimley Park Hospital in 2000 and was brain damaged after her high blood pressure was not treated for 15 days.

She was left disabled and needed a tracheostomy, or tube, to breathe, but suffocated and died at home days before her first birthday when it was not maintained during a home visit by an agency nurse who transpired to be newly-qualified.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) investigation found there is a significant risk to hundreds of babies and children because of inconsistent practice and a lack of clear guidance on treatment. The watchdog said it has uncovered concerns about the way the NHS identifies and manages clinical risk in unborn and newborn babies.

In the first report of its kind, it also raises fears that key information might not be shared between clinical teams and says there needs to be more consistent support for families with children requiring long term ventilation at home. Among its recommendations for improvement, the CQC says every unborn fetus should be assigned a unique identification number to ensure important information from a mother’s clinical notes is properly transferred to the baby’s records after birth.

Click on the link to read more

Church Crookham baby death sparks national review into care for newborns

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Baby Elizabeth Dixon died in 2001

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Children’s hospital ‘let down by parents’

Following the Independent Review of Children’s Cardiac Services in Bristol, NHS England pledged to ensure that “a consistent level of care is available for every patient in every part of the country”.

Good Morning Britain…”We’re joined by Faye Valentine, whose son Luke passed away following a heart procedure, and Rachel Pacua, whose son Jack has been left with permanent brain damage after open heart surgery, both at Bristol Hospital.

We’ve been fighting for four years” – both mothers are demanding justice after the hospital admitted the failing was the fault of the staff, but only in private.

Click on the link to see the Good Morning Britain interview

http://www.itv.com/goodmorningbritain/news/childrens-hospital-let-down-by-parents

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Luke Jenkins died at Bristol Children’s Hospital

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Family who lost son speak of ‘toxic culture’ at Bristol Children’s Hospital

Bosses at Bristol Children’s Hospital presided over a “toxic culture” in which risks were taken with children’s lives, according to the parents of a young boy who died following heart surgery.

Yolanda Turner accused the board of the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust of overseeing poor standards in care on Ward 32 – a specialist cardiac unit – at Bristol Children’s Hospital. Her son Sean died aged four in March 2012 from a brain haemorrhage after previously suffering a cardiac arrest while on the ward following complex heart surgery.

Mrs Turner, from Warminster, Wiltshire criticised the trust ahead of the publication of the independent inquiry into cardiac services at the children’s hospital. “We hope that the Bristol Review will enable the trust board to be held to account for their failures to provide a service that fell well below acceptable standards,” she said.

“They were basically putting staff in a position of risk and safety and taking risks with children’s lives. The trust board will have to be held to account for that. “We’ve said all along this board has a very toxic culture and they are not open and honest with families and that all needs to change. “We are hoping that major changes will come about from the Review which will make that hospital a much safer place. “The whole purpose of our public fight and our campaign has been to ensure that changes are made and that no other child has suffer what Sean went through.

“It is important for us to be believed because we felt very much that we weren’t believed and people had that opinion that you lost a child so you are bitter and you want to blame somebody but that really hasn’t been the case at all. “We were frightened about what happened to Sean and we were afraid for other children that were using the unit and our fears have been proven because other children have now followed.”

Click on the link to read more

http://goo.gl/WWXJe0

Steve and Yolanda Turner, the parents of Sean Turner, arrive at Flax Bourton Coroners Court, near Bristol. 13th January 2014. See SWNS story SWHEART; An inquest has started today into the death of a four-year-old boy who was being cared for at Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital. Spider-Man fan Sean Turner passed away on March 15, 2012, after a heart operation. Before the procedure the popular lad had excitedly told his friends doctors were going to “mend his heart”. For Sean’s parents, Yolanda and Steve, the agony does not ease but they are hoping the evidence heard at Flax Bourton Coroner’s Court will provide them with some answers about what, if anything, went wrong in the case of their beloved son. Sean was born with his heart on the right side of his body and blocked arteries between his heart and lungs.

Yolanda and Steve Turner are awaiting Thursday’s review

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Coroner puts hospital’s weekend staffing in spotlight after death of woman

A coroner will raise his concerns about weekend staffing levels at a hospital following the death of a grandmother-of-nine after a routine hernia operation.

Margaret Gleeson, 70, died on a Sunday just two days after being admitted to Wigan’s Royal Albert Edward Infirmary. An inquest into her death was told that weekend staffing was a concern with a consultant surgeon admitting he could not give the same attention to patients.

One on-call medical team was being asked to do the job of four teams with emergency admissions taking priority and leading to delayed and shorter medical reviews of elective cases, Bolton Coroner’s Court was told. Widow Mrs Gleeson, a stewardess at her local bridge club, was described by her family as “a fit and active woman” before she went into hospital on October 2 last year.

The surgery was initially thought to have been a success but Mrs Gleeson’s condition began to deteriorate the day following the operation and doctors found that tissue in the bowel had been torn – described as “a rare complication”. The court heard an ‘early warning score’ used by medics to establish the risk to a patient’s health had earlier been incorrectly recorded.

Coroner Simon Jones concluded that Mrs Gleeson, of Swinley, Wigan, died of cardiac arrest suffered when she was anaesthetised for surgery to repair damage from the initial operation.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/national/14573793.Coroner_puts_hospital_s_weekend_staffing_in_spotlight_after_death_of_woman/

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Margaret Gleeson died on a Sunday, two days after being admitted to the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary

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Coroner gives cops deadline to finally interview staff at hospital over Seanpaul Carnahan death

Police have been given four weeks to interview witnesses over the death of a man in Belfast City Hospital three years ago.

Coroner Joe McCrisken told PSNI officers at a preliminary hearing into the death of Seanpaul Carnahan that he expected to see witness statements by May 13. Mr McCrisken, speaking at Laganside courts, said the situation had “gone on too long” and indicated a number of medical staff could be called to attend the inquest on September 26.

Mr Carnahan died aged 22 after being admitted to the hospital with a brain injury sustained during a suicide attempt. When admitted, the chef from the Beechmount area of west Belfast weighed 12 stone. When he died five months later in July 2013 he weighed five stone.

Official medical notes obtained by the family from the Belfast Trust – and seen by the Belfast Telegraph – show that during Seanpaul’s five months in hospital he was given a day’s worth of food in the space of two weeks. The lack of nutrition caused a serious condition known as refeeding syndrome, and in the last nine weeks of Seanpaul’s life he became more and more ill as his body attacked itself for food, before he eventually died. Last month this newspaper reported claims from his mother Tracy that police dragged their heels after her solicitor found the force had not formally interviewed any medical staff involved in Seanpaul’s care.

The solicitor and the family had been pushing for a corporate manslaughter or gross negligence charge to be brought against the Belfast Trust.

Click on the link to read more

http://goo.gl/erCHBc

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Seanpaul Carnahan

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Why do I need MyNotes Medical? Warning: Lack of notes can kill

We want to ask you:

What if better communication between patient and NHS could prevent needless illness or death?

Warning: Lack of notes can kill!

Every year, thousands of NHS patients suffer needlessly. Doctors are over­worked, mistakes are made and billions of pounds are wasted. The question is, why?

If you have ever been a patient, or your loved one has, you may know for yourself the confusion and stress that often occurs:

  • You don’t understand what the doctor or consultant is saying
  • Your story is not taken seriously
  • You find it difficult to recall your diagnosis or treatment, since you have no notes to refer to
  • Perhaps, as a result you are sent away with the wrong diagnosis, or you have to make several appointments.

This is critical:

You don’t understand everything that the medical professionals are asking or saying to you; no one seems to have access to your loved one’s medical history and you are worried that you may generalise, delete or distort something critical when telling people what they need to know. All of this wastes precious time in which you or your loved one could be receiving proper treatment.

The problem is down to a breakdown in communication between patient and consultant. And, the problem has been publicly recognised and acknowledged.

Trouble is, all too often the solution has been developed by medical professionals for the ‘benefit’ of patients but NOT by patients themselves and NOT from a patient’s perspective.

Would you feel better if you could

Take Video’s,  Record conversations, Take Photo’s that are automatically synchronised with your PC in date order to review, share and keep you in control?

Yes! That’s why you and your loved ones need MyNotes Medical. Written by Patients for Patients.

You are just one click away  http://goo.gl/3rf9c7

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Autistic boy set for millions after NHS blunder

An autistic teenager has won the right to multi-million-pound compensation after his parents only found out NHS negligence was the likely cause of his condition when they applied for a disability parking permit.

Foryears Ben Harman’s parents had thought his disabilities were just one of life’s cruelties and struggled to make his life as comfortable as possible. The truth emerged when they applied for a “blue badge” for their car, Mr Justice Turner said at the High Court.  Only then were they told a hospital negligently failed to diagnose his catastrophically low blood sugar levels after his birth in 2002. He was eventually given dextrose but that did not save him from brain damage and autism.

The judge said: “When he was discharged his parents were told nothing of the risk that his low blood sugar levels may have caused lasting damage.” Ben’s parents were deeply worried when he failed to meet his milestones but never suspected that he may have been a victim of medical negligence. The judge said it was in 2006 that the couple applied for a blue badge so they could park in disabled bays — and the truth was “only revealed incidentally” when they were asked for medical evidence in support of their application.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/autistic-boy-set-for-millions-after-nhs-blunder-10315290.html

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Payout: Ben Harman has won the right to multi-million-pound compensation

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Baby’s death could have been avoided but NHS 111 staff ‘were working from a script because they are not skilled professionals’

  • William Mead died after developing an abscess in his left lung at 12 months
  • Mother phoned NHS out-of-hours 111 service the night before he died
  • Staff missed chance to save the infant as they read from script
  • Had he been admitted to hospital he could have been saved
  • Coroner records verdict that his death was due to natural causes

A baby died after NHS 111 staff working from a script missed the chance to save the seriously ill infant, an inquest heard. William Mead died the day after a helpline operator, with no medical training, advised his mother to give him plenty of fluids, Calpol and Ibuprofen. The 12-month-old had developed an abscess in his left lung caused by the bacterial infection streptococcus A. But had the out-of-hours service advised that the child be admitted immediately to hospital he could still be alive today, the hearing was told.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3120129/Baby-s-death-avoided-NHS-111-staff-working-script-not-skilled-professionals.html

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William Mead was just 12 months old when he died after NHS 111 staff working from a script missed a chance to save him

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Mother suing Watford General claiming medical negligence led to son, 10, heart attack and brain damage

A mother is suing Watford General Hospital claiming medical negligence led to her ten-year-old son suffering a heart attack and being left with severe brain damage.

Elijah Aldea, now aged 11, remains in a quadriplegic state after he was without a heartbeat for 45 minutes at Watford General following the cardiac arrest in April last year. Elijah, a former pupil of Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, was born with a cleft lip and palate and two holes in his heart and had been a long-standing patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London. Days before his heart attack he had an operation at GOSH. Follow up tests showed he was anaemic and he was admitted to Watford General. Mum Gabrielle Ali, 30, thought he would just be given iron tablets, but under the instruction of GOSH, doctors decided Elijah needed a blood transfusion and to be given anti-clotting drug heparin.

Gabrielle, a biochemist employed by the NHS trust in charge of Watford General for eight years, begged doctors not to give the heparin after she had talked to Elijah’s registrar of five years, but eventually agreed when staff at Great Ormond Street threatened to report her for child neglect.  She said she even considered sneaking her son out of the hospital, but there was no way of getting past the nurses’ station unseen. As the drug was administered, Elijah’s heart stopped. Gabrielle said: “I know my son, these doctors didn’t.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/12881267.Mother_suing_Watford_General_claiming_medical_negligence_led_to_son__10__heart_attack_and_brain_damage/

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Gabrielle Ali and son Elijah Aldea about two years ago.

 

 

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PHSO – 81 Case summaries show the profound impact that failures can have on the lives of individuals and their families

These short, anonymised stories show the profound impact that failures in public services can have on the lives of individuals and their families.
They provide examples of the complaints the PHSO handle and they hope they will give public service users confidence that complaining can make a difference.
This first set includes cases the PHSO closed in February and March 2014. Most of them are cases they have upheld or partly upheld. These cases provide clear and valuable lessons for public services by showing what needs to be changed so that similar mistakes can be avoided in future. They include complaints about failures to spot serious illnesses like sepsis and mistakes by government departments that caused financial hardship.

Please click on the link to see all of the 81 case summaries
http://www.ombudsman.org.uk/make-a-complaint/case-summaries

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For ALL who’ve been silenced-either whistleblowers (all types) or complainants (all types) Gather Together 10th September 2014

A word from Eileen Chubb, http://www.compassionicare.com one of the BUPA 7 Whistleblowers re the Protest 10th September 2014 Parliament Square, London.
This is for ALL who have been not listened to by the Authorities… Either Professional or Patient or Relative Whistleblowers… OR Whistleblowers and Complainants from other sectors…Social Services, Aviation, Navigation, Railways, Retail, Bank, Police etc. etc.

WHAT WILL BE HAPPENING?

Please gather on 10th September 2014 at 12 pm on Parliament Sq, London. Banners and whistles will be provided to all those who have not brought their own.
At 2pm all the flags and banners will be lowered in remembrance of all victims of silence. People who have lost someone will hold up their photos and names and instead of two minutes silence, there will be two minutes breaking the silence. We want thousands of whistles to be blown.To remember that whistle-blowers could have saved them all.

For more details on Edna s Law see http://www.compassionincare.com

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NHS trust made 28 mistakes leading to death of four-year-old given a 95 per cent chance of surviving when he arrived at hospital

A four-year-old boy who was given a 95 per cent chance of survival when he arrived at hospital, died after an NHS trust made 28 mistakes in his care.
Oliver had an invasive form of sore throat bacteria Strep A which should have been picked up by a blood test.

Click on the link to read more
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2648537/NHS-trust-28-mistakes-leading-death-four-year-old-given-95-cent-chance-surviving-arrived-hospital.html

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Parents close to victory in 13-year battle for truth over baby’s death

Joanne Taylor – This is my friend Anne’s daughter – it has been a living nightmare for her and her family… No one should have to fight for this but this is what happens in the NHS. Same with my friend Will Powell 24 years – a living hell – he’s been fighting for truth and justice after his sons death – this shouldn’t be. It happened to me with my mum. Can you imagine dealing with the death of a loved one and then having to fight to find out the truth? You cannot grieve the way you should. There are many this happens to… I hope it never happens to anyone else and that is what I fought for for 4 years and didn’t get – for the responsible professionals to never put a family through this again. There are many more who have had similar experiences..

Please click on the link to read more
http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/article1414737.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2014_05_24

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Entering into a civil medical negligence claim? Helpful information

Anyone considering entering into a civil medical negligence claim for compensation may be interested in the following information:
Kindly contributed by Will Powell

Please click on the link

http://www.theinjuryclinic.co.uk/services/death-due-to-medical-negligence/

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13,000 died needlessly at 14 worst NHS trusts, full report out this week

Full report out this week

• Name 14 hospitals as having excess rates of death, with hundreds of patients dying needlessly at each of them since 2005;
• Severely criticise the worst hospital, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which had 1,600 more deaths than would have been expected in seven years – a higher death toll than that at Stafford;
• Show that the warning signs were there for managers and ministers to see, including alarming levels of infections, patients suffering from neglect and appalling blunders such as surgery performed on the wrong parts of bodies

Just shocking how this country has allowed this to happen and its still going on

Click on the link to read more:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/heal-our-hospitals/10178296/13000-died-needlessly-at-14-worst-NHS-trusts.html

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NHS warned over emergency care: hospital A&E units facing ‘collapse’

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt concedes there are ‘huge pressures’ and blames 2004 changes that removed responsibility from GPs for out-of-hours car
A survey of 131 hospital emergency departments says that A&E units are struggling to cope “unsustainable workloads” and lack of staff as new figures show the number of patients has increased by more than a million in just one year.

Read more
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/nhs-warned-over-emergency-care-hospital-ae-units-facing-collapse-8616578.html

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PALS – Shocking. Why I am not surprised.

This is from Daniel Sencier Blog – You will not believe this! I phoned PALS just now, 01228 814008. Don’t forget, this is the Patient Advice and Liaison Service, the number you phone when things are going bad for you at the hospital and you need someone to sort it. I’ve just got severe back pain, but there will be people with cancer and all sorts of terrible problems trying this number. A voicemail says, “The office is unmanned as the service has been reduced, please leave a message…”

What do we do Cumbria? Where do we go? Should we give up?

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James Titcombe…Legal action over Furness General Hospital deaths

More than 30 families have taken legal action against a hospital in Cumbria blaming poor care and medical negligence for a catalogue of baby and maternal deaths and injuries.

Furness General Hospital at Morecambe Bay is now the subject of a number of investigations including a police inquiry.

The trust said there was “no denying” families were let down in the past, but said it was “determined that we can learn from it and we will ensure we continue to do so”.

James Titcombe’s baby son died at the hospital in 2008. An inquest found that Joshua died of natural causes but could have been saved if staff had acted faster.

Mr Titcombe, who now campaigns for patient safety, spoke to BBC Breakfast presenters Charlie Stayt and Louise Minchin. He was joined by Peter Walsh, Chief Executive of the charity Action Against Medical Accidents.

Click here to see the news report

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21797735

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Value your life and your families? THINK…and do something about it.

We need everyone to group together, Strength in numbers….
 

NHSComplaint initiates Private Criminal Prosecution against Sir David Nicholson

Deaths were covered up in the tens of thousands by Sir David Nicholson and other civil servants who are now seeking to abuse their position by protect him through the various acts of Misconduct in Public Office. NHSComplaint has sufficient evidence to bring a Private Criminal Prosecution against Sir David Nicholson on behalf of victims and their families deaths of MidStaffs and other parts of the NHS that were entirely preventable had information been acted on instead of being suppressed.  NHSComplaint and it’s supporters are setting up a campaign group specifically to organise and facilitate the private criminal prosecution of Sir David Nicholson. Please support this initiative in anyway you can.

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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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NHS staff should own up to mistakes, Mid Staffs public inquiry recommends

Patient groups and Lib Dems support move as a report into the worst hospital care scandal in decades is published today

NHS staff should be put under a legal “duty of candour” to own up when mistakes affect patients, a public inquiry into the Mid Staffordshire hospital care scandal will recommend.

The move will form part of a series of measures designed to make hospitals safer which Robert Francis QC will outline in his report of the 31-month public inquiry into what is widely considered to be the worst care scandal in many years.

Read more : http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/feb/06/nhs-mid-staffordshire-public-inquiry

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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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Justice for Robbie Powell

In July last year, the First Minister (Wales) made a belated apology to the family of Robbie Powell, a ten year old boy from Ystradgynlais who died in 1990 as a result of Addison’s disease – a treatable condition that should have been contained.

Investigations into Robbie’s death have identified no fewer than nine occasions where health professionals could, and should, have saved Robbie’s life.  But sadly these failings do not amount to the entirety of the inadequacies evident in Robbie’s case.

Read the full blog report by Leanne Wood AM

http://www.english.plaidcymru.org/the-slate/2013/01/10/justice-for-robbie-powell/

Click here to sign the petition

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

 

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Eight patients a week maimed by hospital blunders: Official NHS figures reveal shocking number of serious injuries caused by medical incompetence

  • In 2010-2011 eight patients a week were left brain-damaged, blind or missing a limb
  • £30million in compensation was paid out to those injured
  • Amputation payouts alone cost £18million

Eight patients a week are left brain-damaged, blind or missing a limb due to NHS blunders, official figures reveal.

In 2010-11, more than £30million compensation was paid out for such injuries, part of a record £1.3billion bill for mistakes by careless or incompetent medical staff.

There were 215 claims for brain damage, with almost £12million paid out.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2255125/8-patients-maimed-hospital-blunders-week-Official-NHS-figures-reveal-shocking-number-injuries-caused-medical-incompetence.html#ixzz2Gno4YK40

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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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