Mid Staffordshire NHS trust fined for ‘avoidable and tragic death’ – we may all need an advocate..

Sarah Boseley, health editor for The Guardian, reports 28th April 2014: Mid Staffordshire NHS trust fined for ‘avoidable and tragic death’

Health and Safety Executive brought case after 2007 death of Gillian Astbury, 66, because nurses failed to give her medication

The important thing to discuss from all these cases is whether we have learnt the lessons, and whether poor care, endemic in 2007, is being improved. Deliberate rationing by under capacity, and the “rules of the game” for commissioners, suggests that there will be little change. We may all need an advocate beside the bed in our Hospitals. Neglect and dehydration are real risks, and this despite the Welsh Health Service denial of Anne Clewydd’s claims. GPs and staff are cynical and know that they complain far too little – because they know the culture..

NHS contracting has been a disaster – covert rationing by contract or commissioning does not make it ethically acceptable

Ann Clwyd review of hospital complaints finds ‘shocking’ neglect

NHS ‘dismissive of neglect claims’

The cover up and denial. “Help us, doctor. We’re frightened of being ill in Cover-up General”

Not enough beds…. A story of politicial denial.

Bitter Medicine – Reforming the NHS

Patients die because of our “arrangements”. Chaos as hospitals promote all trainee doctors at once

Revisiting the death of Malcolm Green. The wrong people are likely to be criticised..

The Deterioration and Crisis to come – Whose NHS is best? It’s the wrong question

Undercapacity in Maternity – Rationing of beds

Hospital watchdog finds ‘huge variation’ in care

Private care homes: Only cameras in rooms will end patient abuse

A rare and frank diagnosis of NHS

Rationing NHS care: why we need a serious debate – NHS reality agrees – David Lock in the guardian

Hospitals ‘are covering up death rates’ – and then sack whistleblowers

Half of (our) MPs fear for future of free NHS – but have insufficient political will to change it!

Sir Bruce Keogh: “I am not interested in an NHS that aspires to mediocrity, the European average or whatever. We should set ourselves the achievable ambition of raising our cancer survival rates to match the very best in Europe.”

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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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