Press Release Released: 6 February, 2013
Today, Robert Francis QC, Chairman of the Inquiry publishes his final report following consideration of over 250 witnesses and over one million pages of documentary evidence.
The Inquiry has been examining the commissioning, supervisory and regulatory bodies in the monitoring of Mid Staffordshire hospital between January 2005 and March 2009. It has been considering why the serious problems at the Trust were not identified and acted on sooner, and identifying important lessons to be learnt for the future of patient care. It builds on Mr Francis’s earlier report, published in 2010 after the earlier independent inquiry on the failings in the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust between 2005 and 2009.
Nations have begun signing a legally binding treaty designed to curb mercury pollution and the use of the toxic metal in products around the globe.
Mercury can produce a range of adverse human health effects, including permanent damage to the nervous system.
The UN treaty was formally adopted at a high level meeting in Japan.
The Minamata Convention was named after the Japanese city that, in the 1950s, saw one of the world’s worst cases of mercury poisoning.
In January, four years of negotiations concluded with more than 140 countries agreeing on a set of legally binding measures to curb mercury pollution.
The complex structure of the new NHS – and the role of the GPs – have meant new roles and responsibilities for staff in the English health services.
In a Daily Politics film with Richard Murray of the Kings Fund, Giles Dilnot explains the changes introduced by Heath Secretary Jeremy Hunt and his predecessor Andrew Lansley.
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Safety at four in five hospital trusts in England is not good enough, inspectors say.
Staffing and overcrowding are major concerns – and they warned that patients are at risk as hospitals faced unprecedented pressures.
The Care Quality Commission review also highlighted delays getting tests and treatments and poor care of life-threatening conditions such as sepsis.
Ministers said the findings should be used to root out poor practices.
But inspectors warned some of the problems were beyond the control of hospitals because of rising demands being placed on them.
10 charts that show why the NHS is in trouble
The review of all 136 hospital trusts in the country found 11% were rated as inadequate on safety and 70% required improvement.
Receptionists quizzing patients about why they need to see their GP could be putting some sick people off visiting their surgery, a survey suggests.
Of almost 2,000 adults questioned for Cancer Research UK, four in 10 said they disliked having to discuss their ills with office staff in order to get an appointment.
Many were worried about making a fuss.
Experts say patients must be forceful and not take no for an answer if they have symptoms that need investigating.
The government says it is funding training to help receptionists learn how to be sensitive to patients’ needs.
Receptionists are the first point of contact in primary care and it is their job to decide which patients should see the GP and how urgently.