Twelve months on from the Francis public inquiry and report into the catastrophic failings within the NHS, improvements are beginning to show in our health service.
Jeremy Hunt (the Health Secretary) has examined NHS data from October 2013 to date, and has confirmed that positive steps are being taken to avoid a recurrence of the shocking problems which arose within Stafford Hospital.
An additional 3,500 nurses have been recruited in the past five months. There has also been a shift in priorities, with closer inspections and more attention paid to concerns of patients and their families.
A recent BBC article (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26043517), confirmed that since the Francis Report, fourteen hospitals have been put into special measures, a new Chief Inspector of Hospitals has been appointed, and the Care Quality Commission has overhauled its hospital inspection regime. From April 2014, each hospital must publish staff levels on wards and state whether they are falling short of recommendations.
At Davies and Partners, the specialist clinical negligence team of solicitors deal with many cases where patient care has sadly fallen short of what should be expected. Often, there are far-reaching implications for patients and their loved ones when the care provided has been substandard.
If you or a or a family member have concerns about NHS treatment, please contact a member of the team today for free initial advice.
Author: Katie Nairne, Clinical Negligence Team, Davies and Partners