NHS 'wilful neglect' proposal

A major review of NHS patient safety, conducted by US expert Don Berwick, has been published and one of its key recommendations is a new criminal offence for "wilful neglect". Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said he will consider the proposal.

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Lorraine Brewin was admitted to hospital for a routine varicose vein surgery, during surgery a main vein was severed and complications following that led to her having her left leg amputated.

Lorraine said: "I just thought I'd be in that day, home in the afternoon and in a week or so returning to work. I never envisioned that I'd end up like this, it's something that never entered my head.

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Changing NHS culture will 'trump' new rules

Changing the culture of the NHS will "trump" any new rules and strategies, Professor Don Berwick's review said.

A general view of an NHS logo. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Improving patient safety should "permeate every action and level in the NHS", the report added.

The Government-ordered report said "achieving a vastly safer NHS will depend far more on major cultural change than on a new regulatory regime".

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All the experts are now telling the Government to get a grip on staffing levels. The time for excuses is over.

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While Ministers dragged their feet, over 800 nursing jobs were lost last month alone – now totalling almost 5000 since the election. David Cameron must now urgently intervene to ensure safe staffing levels in our hospitals. These dangerous cuts to nursing posts prove you can’t trust the Tories with the NHS.

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US expert publishes NHS patient safety report

A review of patient safety by Professor Don Berwick has been published and among the key findings are:

  • A new criminal offence for 'wilful neglect' should be made law.
  • Guidelines on how many staff should be on a ward at one time.
  • Criticising the system of regulation in the NHS as too complex.
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