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Patients asked to vet standards of hospital care

Patients are being asked for their views on a radical overhaul of care standards for NHS hospitals in England.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has outlined its new plans to judge doctors and nurses on key patient rights such as the right to enough food and drink.

The aim is to avoid another scandal like that at Stafford Hospital, where hundreds of patients died amid appalling levels of care.

The CQC admits its inspections have been less than ideal in the past.

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Posted by: on June 18th, 2013 @ 10:58 AM

Dealing with the health care challenges of the 21st century means new ways of working for all health care professionals to help people live in the best health possible for as long as possible.

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Posted by: on June 27th, 2013 @ 09:57 AM

GP 10-minute appointment rule axed

GPs in England will no longer have to offer appointments lasting at least 10 minutes under changes agreed with the government.

It is one of a number of requirements being removed in the latest round of contract negotiations between the government and doctors' leaders.

NHS England says consultations last on average for around 12 minutes.

It added this change should mean GPs have greater flexibility over how they organise their appointments,

Other changes which have been agreed, and which will come in next April, include enhanced care for the million frailest patients, and named GPs for the four million over-75s.

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Posted by: on November 18th, 2013 @ 12:34 AM

'24 hour complaints' process needed

Patients, carers and relatives should be able to raise concerns over NHS care 24 hours a day, suggests Health Ombudsman Julie Mellor.

In this week's Scrubbing Up - she explains how she hopes the Clwyd-Hart Review of hospital complaints will help tackle the "toxic cocktail" of reluctance by patients to complain and defensiveness of NHS organisations when addressing complaints and concerns.

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Posted by: on November 21st, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

Are your medical records in danger?

Householders across England have started receiving leaflets about a new NHS scheme called Care.data.

The likelihood is most people will simply cast the documents in the bin along with the take-away menus and double-glazing offers.

But to some the data-sharing project represents an attack on privacy and confidentiality. Should we be concerned?

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Posted by: on January 28th, 2014 @ 1:13 PM

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