Mid Staffordshire Nhs Foundation Trust

Why NHS Red Tape Is Making Another Stafford Hospital Scandal More Likely

Inez Brown | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK
Inez Brown

The reality is the more forms doctors and nurses have to fill in, the more boxes they have to tick, the less time they have to spend caring for patients. While it's only right to expect our medical professionals to follow best practice and be accountable for their work, tying them up with excessive form-filling doesn't help.

Jeremy Hunt's Response to Francis Report Protects Perpetrators and Punishes Patients

Sam Fowles | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

I really miss the days when the worst we thought Jeremy Hunt could do to the NHS was privatise it. At least you knew what you were getting with privatisation. But what Mr Hunt is doing, incredibly, manages to be worse.

Honesty Is Always the Best Policy

Anna Bradley | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Anna Bradley

It's been a long nine months for the NHS since the Francis report was published. As if the terrible and unnecessary suffering at Mid-staffs wasn't enough, numerous other scandals have come to light all across the country, continuing to damage the reputation of what we like to think of as a national treasure.

Patient Neglect To Become Criminal Offence

PA | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Politics

The wilful neglect of patients is to be made a criminal offence under NHS reforms being introduced in the wake of the Mid Staffs and other care scanda...

NHS Gagging Orders Will Continue to Cause Needless Deaths

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

It has been reported that the General Medical Council closed cases against four senior doctors who held management positions at Stafford Hospital, while neglect and abuse occurred. These physicians face no further action from the GMC, and appear to have suffered none during the investigation.

Nursing Broken Cultures in the NHS and Beyond

Peter Cheese | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK
Peter Cheese

The well-publicised scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and the subsequent Keogh Mortality Review have put the topics of patient care and NHS culture firmly in the public domain. Almost every day we open the papers or switch on the news to yet another report on what's going wrong in the NHS.

Why Don't More People Engage in Whistleblowing?

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK
Dr Steve McCabe

We need to have a society where more credit is given to those who, because of their inside knowledge of organisational wrong-doing, chose to expose the truth. Unless this happens, the sort of scandals in the seen in the NHS, finance and banking and politics in terms of false expenses, to name but a few, will continue with monotonous regularity.

Part-Privatisation Could Be the Solution to Ailing NHS Treatment and Care

Lianna Brinded | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK
Lianna Brinded

Britain has prided itself on free healthcare for all, but with mounting scandals and examples of disgusting excuses of care, isn't time to truly consider part-privatisation of the ailing National Health Service (NHS)?

Quit Scaremongering Over My NHS

Graeme Keeton | Posted 08.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Graeme Keeton

We're all aware of the challenges faced by the NHS and its staff, and how savings have made life difficult for a lot of people working in Trusts across the UK, but what doesn't really help patients and their families - which is what the NHS is there to do - is flaming, berating, scaremongering and being straight-up inappropriate on places like Twitter.

Sir David Nicholson Resigns but if Many Bad Apples Remain, The NHS Might Be Rotten to the Core

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

Recent events reveal we can't complacently leave the NHS in the hands of the bureaucrats and the politicians. Our experience is they have created a culture of fear and bullying whereby good clinicians are persecuted for standing up for patients or medical science.

Research Reveals the Best Country for Longevity and Health - But Is the NHS Terminally Ill?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

For years of life lost due to premature mortality, in comparison with the European average, the UK does worse in 2010 in ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lower respiratory infections, breast cancer, other cardiovascular and circulatory disorders, oesophageal cancer, pre-term birth complications, congenital anomalies, and aortic aneurysm.

We'd All Be Worse Without a Nurse

Graeme Keeton | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Graeme Keeton

The Mid Staffs report gave nursing a considerable shake, but those bad eggs are not representative of the nursing population, and certainly not of my mother.

Ned Simons

Tory Accused Of Politicising Mid Staffordshire After Branding Andy Burnham 'Guilty'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 28.03.2013 | UK Politics

MPs on the Commons health committee have locked horns in a partisan fight over who is to blame for the Mid Staffordshire hospital scandal in which 1,2...

Why Pick on Nurses?

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK
Margaret Heffernan

Today, when nurses are being urged, in effect, to go back to school and retrain, the implication is that the more recent scandals were all the fault of nurses. Why? Presumably because they are easier to pick on: mostly female, further down the pecking order and therefore less powerful.

Mid Staffordshire Deaths and a Lack of Justice

Bob Morgan | Posted 16.05.2013 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

So if it is saving lives or preventing deaths that matter so much in this country - why haven't we had some high profile police investigations and a high profile trial after the 1200 or so deaths at the Mid Staffordshire, NHS, Foundation, Trust?

Vital NHS Whistleblowers 'Must Be Protected'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 07.03.2013 | UK

More needs to be done to protect whistleblowers in the NHS, the government has been warned. The National Audit Office said NHS managers should be h...

Myths and Realities of Whistleblowing

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Politics
Margaret Heffernan

The NHS has a miserable history of dealing with whistleblowers. Its gagging clauses make it worse and the Service's current defensiveness is blinding it to the most important lesson implicit in whistleblower stories.

'As Shocking As It Sounds, I Had No Idea'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK

The boss of the NHS has faced down calls for his resignation, insisting he had "no idea" about one of the biggest scandals in its history. "As shoc...

Carry on Doctoring

Nick Abbot | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Abbot

There are some occupations you simply can not get fired from, no mater how mind meltingly bad you are at doing your job.

What Can Managers Learn From the Mid Staffordshire Hospital Scandal?

Ann Francke | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK
Ann Francke

The long awaited Francis Inquiry Report exposed the true scale of the catastrophic management failings at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust. The scandal highlighted the lack of competent governance, poor working culture and ineffective management across the Trust and the wider NHS.

My Partly Political Broadcast

Tiernan Douieb | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK Comedy
Tiernan Douieb

Partly Political Broadcast is a new, hopefully weekly project between me and excellent filmmaker Ben Hilton. It's a short of burst of comedy, with pointed views about the week's goings ons, which we decided we should do because, well, no one else was.

Hunt Urges Bosses To End Gags On NHS Whistleblowers

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK Politics

Jeremy Hunt has stepped up pressure to end the use of legal gags on whistleblowers as he faced calls for an independent inquiry into his own departmen...

Whistleblowing: Why the NHS Couldn't Care Less

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

The full scale of the way the NHS tries to gag clinicians from speaking out about poor clinical care is only now emerging.

Is Mid Staffs a Symptom of a Wider Problem in the NHS?

Professor Sir Brian Jarman | Posted 14.04.2013 | UK
Professor Sir Brian Jarman

The Mid Staffs Public Inquiry report was published last week. It described "appalling care" that flourished because managers "put corporate self-interest and cost control ahead of patients and their safety". Patients were "let down" by a "lack of care, compassion, humanity and leadership".

Patient Safety at Mid Staffordshire and North Staffordshire

Rita Pal | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK
Rita Pal

A long overdue public inquiry into the appalling standards of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust is complete. The findings are not unexpected.