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The Patients Association was founded in 1963 and continues to listen to patients and speak up for change.

Issue 146

Keeping you informed about the latest developments in Health & Social Care

Development of IPSIS


 
The Department of Health is setting up a new organisation, the Independent Patient Safety Investigation Service (IPSIS).  This will be launched in April 2016, and carry out specific investigations about patient safety in the NHS, as well as provide support and guidance to NHS organisations. 

IPSIS will form as a result of a merger between Monitor and NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA), acting in a similar role to the airline industry’s investigatory body. According to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt IPSIS will seek to instil a “no blame learning culture”.

An Expert Advisory Group has been set up to make recommendations on how IPSIS will work.  In a public survey it hopes to hear from patients, families and health care professionals about how they think IPSIS should be run, and how far its remit should extend.

Many of the questions asked in the survey are in response to the Public Administration Select Committee’s report on investigating clinical incidents in the NHS. The report highlights issues dealing with the voluntary nature of NHS staff testimony through to the reluctance of NHS trusts to co-operate with the investigation of complaints.

Katherine Murphy, Chief Executive of the Patients Association, said:

“The Patients Association welcomes the creation of the investigation service, but there are concerns over how it might operate in practice. Our concern is how this body will be established and whether its independence will be guaranteed in legislation. It is also unclear what, if any, powers it will have to investigate NHS providers, or impose its recommendations upon them. However, if we want improvement, to promote learning from incidents and to improve and maintain effective patient safety, then a function like this is absolutely critical.”
 
Survey

The Department of Health is setting up a new organisation, the Independent Patient Safety Investigation Service (IPSIS). This will launch in April 2016, and carry out specific investigations about patient safety in the NHS, as well as provide support and guidance to NHS organisations.

An Expert Advisory Group has been set up to make recommendations on how IPSIS will work.

We would like to hear from patients, families and health care professionals how they think IPSIS should be run, and how far its remit should extend.

We have put together an important survey which you can find simply by clicking here !

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Health watchdog adds hurt to father’s grief


 
Failures of the Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SABP) concerned the coroner so much, he issued an official warning notice that changes were needed to prevent further deaths.
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) has been criticised for delays in dealing with his case. The Patients Association continues to raise concerns that the PHSO, which should be a catalyst for change, is failing to challenge poor practice and bring about change.

Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said:

 “Bereaved families have to battle for someone to listen to their personal circumstances and to take the necessary action.”

“Patients feel completely let down by the PHSO who overlook or ignore evidence, take far too long to communicate with families, are dismissive and insensitive and leave patients feeling that they are in the wrong for raising a complaint.”

 

Calls for extra £1bn of NHS funding as deficit mounts


 
An extra £8bn of funding committed by the Government will not be sufficient to maintain current levels of care, a leading think-tank has said.

In a recent report, the King’s Fund highlighted that NHS trusts will have accumulated a £1bn deficit by the year’s end. The government has already committed to increasing funding by £2bn in 2015-16, however, this is still not enough to maintain current levels of care.

However the current health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has emphasised that no further funding will be made available, reiterating the Simon Steven’s report. As November’s government spending review is finalised, the report states, it is clear that the Treasury, not the Health Department, is deciding the country’s health policy.

Katherine Murphy, Chief Executive of The Patients Association, said:

"The public wants the NHS to continue to be protected by the government and to remain free at the point of use. The Patients Association fully supports this view. “


 


Flu jab works in only one in three cases

 
According to a recent report by Public Health England, adult flu vaccine has worked in only one in three cases.

It was revealed that between 2014-2015 vaccination for dominant flu strains, influenza A and influenza B, had dropped to a 34% success rate among patients over the age of 20.

In recent years, the vaccine has been 50% effective in combating flu. The decline in success rates has been largely attributed to a shift in the circulating strains occurring throughout the flu season.

 

Spiralling costs make Cancer Drugs Fund unsustainable
 
 
Increased pressure on NHS funding has made the Cancer Drugs Fund unsustainable, a National Audit Office has reported.

Established in 2010, the fund was set up to improve access to cancer drugs normally unavailable on the NHS. The fund was initially expected to run until March 2014, with a budget of £650m. This budget was extended until March 2016 with an additional £620m funding.

However, publishing the findings from its investigation into the fund, the National Audit Office said NHS England spent £416m on the fund in 2014/15, 48% more than planned.

Katherine Murphy, Chief Executive, and Patients Association, said:
 
“Our poor performance on cancer survival compared with many other countries is well-known and continues to be a concern. It is also worrying that a UK citizen appears to have a significantly lower chance of surviving cancer than people from other parts of Europe.”
 
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