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Creating an open and honest reporting culture in the NHS

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Yesterday, Jeremy Hunt gave a statement on the Government’s response to the Freedom to Speak Up Review of NHS whistle-blowing by Sir Robert Francis. You can find the summary of the Review here. The aim of the Review was “to provide advice and recommendations to ensure that NHS staff in England feel it is safe to raise concerns, confident that they will be listened to and the concerns will be acted upon.” Sir Robert concluded “that there is a culture within many […]

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Congratulations Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

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I am glad this morning to congratulate all the staff at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust: the Chief Inspector of Hospitals has recommended the Trust is taken out of special measures. From the Care Quality Commission press release: England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals has recommended that Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust should be taken out of special measures following a full inspection by the Care Quality Commission. Professor Sir Mike Richards and his inspectors found that sufficient progress had been made to justify the […]

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NHS improvements in Bucks

There was encouraging news from Bucks NHS Trust following recommendations made by the Keogh review earlier this year. A meeting this month found that there had been “real progress” in the Trust’s efforts to improve the quality of care it provides. Representatives from NHS England, Trust Development Authority, Care Quality Commission and local Clinical Commissioning Groups, and staff from Buckinghamshire Healthcare were able to detail a number of initiatives and developments that are now in place to help improve care […]

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Calling for a white paper on emergency and out-of-hours health care

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Yesterday in the Commons, I asked the Health Secretary the bring forward a white paper on A&E and out-of-hours care: Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): The A and E crisis in Wycombe results from the closure of the department under the previous Government. Although I would love to lay the blame squarely on Labour, is not the truth that, over the life of the NHS, clinical practice and management have changed substantially? Will my right hon. Friend consider producing a White […]

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My Keogh Review Question to the Health Secretary

My question to the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, on the Keogh Review: Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): Walter Coles died because he was forgotten. Edward Maitland died because he was fed solid food. I could name others; those are just two of the patients who have died unnecessarily. And yet high mortality rates made it on to the board’s agenda in Buckinghamshire only because of a trigger relating to concern for reputational risk. The board had no robust risk management practices […]

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