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NHS scandal chiefs launch 'reputation management' firm - Telegraph

NHS scandal chiefs launch 'reputation management' firm - Telegraph | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Two NHS watchdog executives who were disgraced over a series of health care scandals have gone into business providing “reputation management” advice to the public sector.

 

Cynthia Bower, the former chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and Jill Finney, her former deputy, were last year accused of conspiring in a cover-up over the organisation’s failures to protect the public.

 

Both were accused of trying to suppress an internal review into the regulator’s failure to act on concerns about patient safety at Morecambe Bay University Hospitals, where at least 14 babies and two mothers died amid accusations of poor care.

 

By the time the investigation was disclosed last summer both had left the CQC.

 

Miss Bower resigned after a deeply critical Government review of the watchdog, which followed years of criticism for her part in the Mid Staffs hospital scandal, where she ran the local health authority.

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Major new cancer centre planned for Merseyside and Cheshire

Major new cancer centre planned for Merseyside and Cheshire | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Plans for a new specialist £118m hospital located in the heart of Liverpool which will offer better care to seriously ill patients have been unveiled.

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Mum with NHS gastric band demands 'fat camp' funding for her daughter

Mum with NHS gastric band demands 'fat camp' funding for her daughter | nhswatch | Scoop.it
A MOTHER who has lost almost half her 38 stone weight with an NHS gastric band is now hoping taxpayers will fork out £4,500 so her daughter can go to a "fat camp".
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Deaf workers accused of 'new whiplash' claims in insurance fraud

Deaf workers accused of 'new whiplash' claims in insurance fraud | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Compensation claims for industrial deafness have risen by two thirds over the past two years, according to insurance and legal experts. Despite the increase, however, only one in 10 cases are being paid out amid claims of widespread fraud.
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Crusader for statins was right about the benefits of the drug after all

Crusader for statins was right about the benefits of the drug after all | nhswatch | Scoop.it
For one retired Sheffield doctor, the furore over recommendations to treat 4.5 million more people with cholesterol-reducing statins had a familiar ring to it. That's because Dr John Revill spent the last 25 years of his career as a Sheffield GP battling health authorities over his policy of "aggressively" using statins to prevent heart disease, strokes and heart attacks.
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Ambulance boss now earning £232,000 a year

Ambulance boss now earning £232,000 a year | nhswatch | Scoop.it
West Midlands Ambulance Service chief executive Anthony Marsh gets the extra money as he now splits his time working for East of England Ambulance Service.
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Hospitals at increasing risk of overheating due to climate change

Hospitals at increasing risk of overheating due to climate change | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Government advisers warn that 90 per cent of hospital wards are of type prone to overheating and that risk will worsen as global warming makes heatwaves more common
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NHS chief announces plan to give patients cash to fund their own care

NHS chief announces plan to give patients cash to fund their own care | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Simon Stevens says giving patients financial control will force health and social care systems to provide better servicesBillions of pounds of health service and town hall budgets are to be handed over to the most vulnerable patients to purchase...
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Jeremy Hunt's plan to shame GPs with low cancer referrals is not the answer

Jeremy Hunt's plan to shame GPs with low cancer referrals is not the answer | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The danger is that anyone with a cough or cold could be referred, saturate the capacity of cancer clinics and delay investigations
The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, wants to name and shame GP practices with low cancer referral rates.
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Third baby dies after receiving contaminated IV feed

Third baby dies after receiving contaminated IV feed | nhswatch | Scoop.it
New case brings total to 23 babies thought to have been infected as they were fed through drip directly into bloodstreamA third baby has died after receiving intravenous feed in a hospital from a batch contaminated with bacteria, it has been...
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Inspectors are back at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn

Inspectors are back at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn | nhswatch | Scoop.it

More than 40 inspectors from the care Quality Commission (CQC) will be speaking to staff and patients at the Queen Elizabeth...

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Ongoing EPR issues raise regulator concerns

Ongoing EPR issues raise regulator concerns | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Ongoing EPR issues raise regulator concerns British Journal of Healthcare Computing [Berkshire, England] - The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has added its voice to a growing chorus of concern at what seems to be a very troubled implementation of an...
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There is something basically at fault with all of the EPR projects across the whole of the NHS and it needs fully investigating.

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Touchless technology ideal for the operating theatres

Touchless technology ideal for the operating theatres | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Academics from Lancashire have helped develop pioneering touchless technology now being used for brain surgery.

 

r Mark Rouncefield and Dr Gerardo Gonzalez from the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University were part of a team from Microsoft Research, Guy’s Hospital, St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and King’s College London to pilot the technology in the operating theatre.

 

The technology was initially trialled in vascular surgery procedures and the team from Lancaster and Microsoft have now linked up with neurosurgeons at Addenbrookes NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridge University to apply the technology to the manipulation of 3D volumetric models of the brain for neurosurgery.

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New guidance published by nursing infection control experts

New guidance published by nursing infection control experts | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Healthcare organisations should use a series of indicators to support performance management of infection prevention and control, according to updated guidance.
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Chatham pensioner David Hargood suffers after being given another man's pills at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham

Chatham pensioner David Hargood suffers after being given another man's pills at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham | nhswatch | Scoop.it
A pensioner has suffered a string of side effects after being sent home from hospital with someone else's heart medication.
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£170k hospital boss spent £50k on his NHS credit card over 3 years

£170k hospital boss spent £50k on his NHS credit card over 3 years | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Former Hull hospital chief executive Phil Morley, pictured, spent £50,000 over three years on his NHS credit card on items such as Michelin star dinners, a sunset cruise and even some Greggs pastries.
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Dozen babies born using 'safer' IVF treatment

Dozen babies born using 'safer' IVF treatment | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Researchers led by an Indian-origin professor have successfully used a new and potentially safer method to stimulate ovulation in women undergoing fertility treatment.


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Young mum dies of cancer after blundering doctors miss signs of disease for more than TWO years

Young mum dies of cancer after blundering doctors miss signs of disease for more than TWO years | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Keely Devine complained of pain and heavy bleeding after the birth of her son Jayden – but doctors refused her a smear test, saying she was too young at 20
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Tragic 28 who died on transplant list in Cumbria

Tragic 28 who died on transplant list in Cumbria | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Twenty-eight people have died in Cumbria while waiting for an organ transplant.

 

The shocking figure, which covers the past five years, has been revealed as part of National Transplant Week, which runs until Sunday.

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Nottingham hospitals' parking income in top three

NOTTINGHAM'S hospitals brought in the third highest amount in parking charges in the country last year. Out of 153 hospital trusts who replied to a Freedom of Information request from the Daily...
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Our health system is failing new mothers with postnatal depression

Our health system is failing new mothers with postnatal depression | nhswatch | Scoop.it
A mother's mental health following a birth is as important as physical health beforehand, but NHS services are inadequateWhen the midwife places your newborn in your arms, you will feel a mixture of exhaustion and ecstasy.
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Ebola: 50 cases and 25 deaths reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea

Ebola: 50 cases and 25 deaths reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea | nhswatch | Scoop.it
World Health Organisation says latest figures from three health ministries show total of 844 cases, with 518 deaths, in epidemic Fifty new cases of Ebola and 25 deaths have been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since 3 July, as the...
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Leeds hospitals criticised over staffing by NHS watchdog

Leeds hospitals criticised over staffing by NHS watchdog | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Bosses at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have been ordered to make improvements to patient safety after the biggest ever inspection of...

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Obesity and excess weight in childhood may increase asthma risk, study finds

Obesity and excess weight in childhood may increase asthma risk, study finds | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Long-term study of 5,000 children suggests likelihood of developing condition rises 55% for every extra unit of BMI Excess weight and obesity in children may be fuelling the asthma epidemic facing many countries, a joint study from Australian and...
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Superbugs: resistance isn't futile but a new generation of antibiotics is needed

Superbugs: resistance isn't futile but a new generation of antibiotics is needed | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Not so super, really, but powerful enough to withstand much of what modern medicine has thrown at them. That's why David Cameron is calling for a global response to tackle the problemName: Superbugs.
Age: not new, but suddenly very prevalent.
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Is Scunthorpe General Hospital as safe as possible? Health boss gives her answer

Is Scunthorpe General Hospital as safe as possible? Health boss gives her answer | nhswatch | Scoop.it
HOSPITAL bosses have been asked to report to health chiefs this month (July) as investigations continue into nine alleged patient safety incidents, including a death, at Scunthorpe General. ...
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