Issue : 15 September 2011
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Evidence given to the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry by witnesses from the Care Quality Commission has been called into question after the inquiry team received an anonymous tip off.
Problems at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust were a “failure of clinical leadership and professionalism”, the medical director of the NHS has told the public inquiry.
Hospital hit by Hepatitis B infectionSubscription
Health chiefs are urging patients to be screened for Hepatitis B after discovering a case of infection in a hospital ward.
Rise in patients waiting for treatmentSubscription
The number of patients forced to wait more than 18 weeks for NHS treatment has risen slightly, according to new figures.
The deputy chief executive of the NHS has admitted the Department of Health should have acted sooner over failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust, but blamed the Healthcare Commission for not warning them of the seriousness.
'We need to hear the whistles loud and clear'Subscription
Some simple steps would ensure that whistleblowers’ claims do not get ‘lost’ in the system and allow transparency to strengthen the mistrusted whistleblowing process, suggests Dr Phil Hammond.
Peers take aim at Health Social Care BillSubscription
Peers have fired an early warning shot across the government’s bows over controversial health care reforms.
A fifth hospital trust has said it will consider private franchise management.
The government has embarked on a major consultation designed to involve patients, providers and professionals in re-designing social care.
The inaugural Health Service Journal Efficiency Awards last night identified and rewarded the outstanding healthcare organisations who have successfully demonstrated tangible efficiency improvements and cost savings this year - while maintaining the highest standard of patient care.