Sunday, 12 October 2014

'Legal clampdown to stop cover-ups of NHS patient abuse and neglect' Herald Sunday 12 October 2014

Herald Scotland'Legal clampdown to stop cover-ups of NHS patient abuse and neglect'
Sunday Herald 12 October 2014

"ALL health and social care services staff will be legally obliged to tell families when a patient has been ­accidentally harmed under new Scottish Government proposals.

Health Secretary Alex Neil will announce the plans, which form part of a UK-wide effort to end cover-ups of abuse and neglect of NHS patients highlighted after the inquiry into the deaths of up to 1200 patients at two Mid Staffordshire hospitals.

Known as a "statutory duty of candour", the new rules force hospitals to disclose all harm caused to patients. The proposal was a key recommendation of Robert Francis QC, who led the inquiry into the Mid Staffs scandal. The Scottish Government says it will launch a consultation on proposals to introduce a statutory duty of candour for care services designed to improve transparency and drive up standards.

The move falls short of Francis's recommendation to make non-disclosure of harm caused a criminal offence for NHS doctors, nurses or managers. However, the Scottish Government believes it will make it easier for staff to speak out ..."

"Neil said: "The Scottish Government strongly supports duty of candour and believes all health and social care staff must be honest and transparent in everything that they do in order to best serve and protect those who rely on their services.

"Outlining our intention to put this important principle into legislation places a duty on every service to give an explanation to any person who suffers harm and, where appropriate, an apology ..."

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Yet again Government fails to make this a criminal offence. Unless people at the top are heavily fined/jailed for this sort of thing it will continue to happen in our NHS. What is meant by 'they will be held accountable' ?? Utterly meaningless! We need a national public inquiry into such failings (and the endemic and institutional corruption and bullying) in the NHS in Scotland and we need it now! Craig White presided over the adverse event disaster at NHS Ayrshire and Arran where no-one learned from adverse events because staff were not allowed to see or read the reports from such incidents and therefore nothing was learned from them.Talk about putting Foxes in charge of Chicken Coops!??

my response to this comment:

I agree with Rab Wilson's comment, having been subject to bullying and intimidation by NHS and Scottish Government staff. Why? Because I raised issues of patient safety as a mother and carer, as an activist and campaigner, in our local psychiatric setting. We need transparency and level playing fields in terms of patients, carers and whistleblowers being protected.

I recently have had a complaint of unreasonable treatment by NHS Fife health board upheld by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, for their use of a locked seclusion room in a locked mental health facility on my son, which had no toilet and drinking water, and no proper plans for toileting, food and water intake.

I raised awareness of the human rights issues and for my sins was targeted in an adult protection investigation report by Fife Council and other statutory agencies. I used blogs to keep up the pressure in the midst of my complaining but it takes a strong person to survive the experience.

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