Should NHS staff face prison for neglect? Further changes to NHS pensions.
At the start of the month, changes to the way the NHS Pension scheme is valued were announced, leading to warnings from unions and NHS Employers that these are likely to cost the health service around £2.5bn – resulting in job losses and cuts to NHS services.
Warning Treasury raid on NHS pensions will cost jobs
Parkinson’s UK hit out against the Work Capability Assessment after figures showed many of those with progressive diseases were deemed able to recover enough to look for work.
Fit-to-work assessment ‘farcical’, says charity
Harsh criticism came the way of a London hospital trust, which received three formal warnings from the Care Quality Commission. Barts Health Trust “failed to protect the safety and welfare of patients” at its Whipps Cross University Hospital site.
London hospital branded “unsafe and dirty”
The Berwick report into creating a zero-harm culture within the health service was unveiled in August. The report set out the recommendations of a review by US patient safety expert Professor Don Berwick. Although the report did not recommend a national minimum staffing level, it did put forward the suggestion that healthcare staff should face jail for “neglect or wilful misconduct”.
NHS staff should face prison for patient neglect, says Berwick report
Staff shortages were again in the headlines, this time with the news that the health service in England had lost more than 5,000 nurses in just three years. In May this year there were 348,311 qualified staff working in nursing, midwifery and health visiting, compared to 353,912 in May 2010.
NHS has lost more than 5,000 nurses in three years