Fiddling figures a jail crime from April
NHS directors and senior staff who publish false or misleading information could face a two-year jail sentence as part of a crackdown on cover-ups in the NHS.
CQC consults on inspection regime
The Care Quality Commission has launched a month long consultation on its new regulation, inspection and rating regime.
Better info needed for Francis response
NHS trusts may be struggling to obtain the information they need to respond effectively to the Francis Inquiry, the Nuffield Trust has warned in a report to mark its first anniversary.
Change at the top of Patient Opinion
Paul Hodgkin, the Sheffield GP who founded Patient Opinion, has stood down as chief executive, and James Munro, its director of research and information, has taken over the role.
Threatened trust implements new IT
Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has gone live with its Medway electronic patient record system.
Berwick adds to calls for transparency
An influential US safety expert, called in to advise the government on creating a ‘zero harm’ NHS in the wake of the Mid Staffordshire scandal, has called for “complete transparency of data.”
Govt plans law to stop “fiddled” figures
The government is thinking of holding trusts criminally liable for manipulating figures on waiting times and death rates as part of its response to Robert Francis’ final report on Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
Power to the people
Paul Hodgkin, the founder and chief executive of Patient Opinion, argues that public feedback, not public inquiries, are the way to get compassion back into the NHS, in the week that the Mid Staffs inquiry reports.
New mortality indicator for NHS
The NHS is to introduce a new standardised method for measuring death rates from April 2011. The review group set up to examine the Hospital Standarised Mortality Ratio in the wake of the scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust said today that the HSMR should be replaced. The Steering Group for the National Review […]
Keogh to lead work on new stats for NHS
The government has set up a working group to develop a single hospital standardised mortality ratio for the NHS in response to the latest report on the scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.