Will fixed legal fees create a more honest and open NHS?

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Ed Fletcher, CEO of the UK’s medical negligence and serious injury law firm, Fletchers Solicitors, argues that fixed fees will create an opportunity to improve care standards and bring the number of medical negligence claims down In 2014, the Government introduced its ‘Duty of Candour’, aimed at encouraging a more honest and open NHS that would admit when things went wrong. However, recent examples show that some parts of the NHS are still...

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Brexit? TTIP and the NHS.

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 1 comment

The Labour Party and many on the left support the campaign to remain in Europe. There is a case for EU membership in terms of economics and security. Beyond any facts based position there is also something about social solidarity, about dislike for nationalism, about socialism not respecting borders. It is also salutary to see who is leading the case for Brexit and to wish to be opposed to them. Some on the left are opposing EU membership...

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Healthcare – A Clash of Bills

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

There is general agreement that the Health & Social Care Act 2012 is problematic, says Richard Bourne, but there is little agreement about replacing it. The NHS is going through major changes with experiments around the country into new approaches to care delivery, particularly through devolution schemes, STPs and Vanguards. These are basically collaborative developments and ignore the competition requirements in the Act. Other large scale...

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National staffing challenges require regional solutions

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Figures obtained by the BBC and published at the end of February 2016 revealed that more than two-thirds of trusts and health boards in the UK are actively trying to recruit from overseas. There are currently almost 6000 vacant medical posts in the UK and many millions of pounds are being spent each month on locum cover to fill these gaps in service delivery. The difficulties with overstretched provision in the NHS sadly make our own UK...

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Please support GMB domestics and caterers facing cuts DEMONSTRATION THURSDAY 24th MARCH 12-2pm Meeting at St George ’s Blackshaw Road entrance Marching from St George’s to Tooting Broadway and back at 12:00 and 1:30pm (to time with GMB members’ shifts) St George’s NHS Trust and Mitie, their private catering and cleaning contractor, have signed a deal to reduce the privatised cleaning and catering service right across the hospital. Patients and...

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