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A Call to Action by the NHS: 21 Nov at 6.30pm at Hamilton School

Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group public meeting Thursday, 21st November at 6.30pm at Hamilton School, Hampden Road, High Wycombe, HP13 6SX The NHS is built on the concept of quality care for patients, free at the point of use, paid for through taxation. Medical advances and increased patient numbers now mean these principles are under increasing pressure. Although the Government has increased NHS funding by 1% a year patients, quite rightly, also have rising expectations. This is why NHS England is […]

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New Chief Inspector of Hospitals will inspect Trusts in special measures

The new Chief Inspector of Hospitals will provide the public with assurance that services are safe, effective, caring, well-led and responsive to people’s needs. As Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, told the House on Tuesday: All [hospital trusts] will be inspected again within the next 12 months by the new Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, who starts work today. Last month, Mr. Hunt praised Sir Mike on his recent selection: No one is more committed to […]

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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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A turning point for local healthcare and the NHS: Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust placed in special measures

The Keogh Mortality Review of hospitals with excess mortality rates, including those in Bucks, was published today: Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust – Key Lines Of Enquiry (KLOE) Review into the quality of care and treatment provided by 14 hospital trusts in England: overview report Rapid Responsive Review Report For Risk Summit – Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Key Findings and Action Plan following Risk Summit – Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust The following are some of the important findings for Bucks Healthcare […]

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Sir Bruce Keogh’s report into excess hospital deaths released tomorrow

Via The Telegraph, A damning report by Sir Bruce Keogh, the NHS’s Medical Director, is tomorrow expected to spell out failings at 14 hospital trusts where there have been up to 13,000 needless deaths since 2005. Sir Bruce will describe how each hospital let its patients down through poor care, medical errors and failures in management. I will have access to Sir Bruce’s report under embargo from 08:00. The statement should be at 12:30 – you can watch live here. I’ll […]

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Sir Bruce Keogh wants your views on NHS urgent care

The NHS England Medical Director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, has announced a review into the way the NHS responds to and receives emergency patients, called the Urgent and Emergency Care Review. As reported on the BBC this morning the new report shows that: The fragmentation…of urgent care services across England causes confusion amongst patients and healthcare professionals in terms of services offered. This can lead to patients presenting at services that may not best suit their needs. This will sound painfully familiar […]

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