Hospital patients to have named doctors, Jeremy Hunt declares

The current “collusion to avoid responsibility” is addressed by Miranda Prynne, who reports for The Telegraph 24th December 2013 (it would seem amazing to an outsider from a Private or Insurance based system that this should not have been the case):

Hospital patients to have named doctors, Jeremy Hunt declares

Patients will have named doctors and nurses listed above their hospital beds who will act as “champions” for their care, the health secretary has revealed

“Hospital patients will be given a named doctor and nurse who will be listed above their bed so they know “where the buck stops”, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed today.

The move set to take effect in 2014 is designed to ensure staff take personal responsibility for their patients and prevent a repeat of the Mid-Staffordshire NHS scandal.

Last month The Telegraph first revealed the planswhich place a new “duty of candour” on healthcare professionals, who will be obliged to disclose safety errors and near-misses.

Under the changes medics will also receive lighter penalties for errors if they admit to them while NHS trusts who are found to have covered up failings will be forced to pay all or part of related compensation claims, instead of being covered by a national insurance scheme.

Writing in the Daily Mailtoday, Mr Hunt confirmed the changes are to go ahead in the New Year, in line with key recommendations of the £13 million Francis inquiry into the deaths of hundreds of patients at Mid Staffs.

He said: “A human touch can make all the difference.

“A name you know and a face you trust to guide you throughout your stay can transform your experience…..”

Of interest: The Collusion of anonymity.

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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