12 Dec 2013
Never events are incidents that are completely unacceptable. However rare these cases are never should mean never and avoiding such errors should be the priority of every surgeon.
09 Dec 2013
It is not acceptable that mortality and complication rates are significantly higher for patients admitted as emergencies at the weekend.
06 Dec 2013
‘Reports today that some hip and knee operations are being restricted to patients need to be investigated, and are a matter of concern to the Royal College of Surgeons.'
27 Nov 2013
'Mortality rates for thousands of patients undergoing a major form of artery surgery have fallen by a quarter in just 18 months ( from 2.4% to 1.8%) and 98% of patients now survive this major operation.'
19 Nov 2013
‘Patient safety is at the heart of all we do. I am pleased to be invited with David Dalton to lead an important piece of work looking at implementing an institutional duty of candour as we know that trust and openness with patients is essential to good healthcare.'
13 Nov 2013
‘The current structures for dealing with emergency patients need urgent modernisation. Accident and Emergency departments are under increasing pressure, and it is imperative that doctors work in partnership to help end the situation where patients are inappropriately admitted.'
01 Nov 2013
‘These new proposals are a positive step towards easing the current concerns over the quality of out of hours care. Patients rightly expect to be able to have an appointment outside the normal 9 to 5 day.'
31 Oct 2013
‘This has been an extensive, thorough and clinically led process. Patients have been involved in decision making at every stage, and the impact has been carefully assessed with full medical input.'
29 Oct 2013
'We welcome many aspects of this report, particularly its focus on ensuring that postgraduate medical education and training is responsive to changing demographic and patient needs.'
28 Oct 2013
‘Clinicians have a duty to seek feedback from patients and to ensure that complaints are taken seriously. This report serves as a reminder that when patient safety concerns are raised they must be dealt with in a timely and constructive fashion, without cover up.'