Next week, I and other members of Kingsley Napley’s Healthcare Standards Practice have the privilege of attending the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management Conference in Edinburgh. The Faculty is a UK wide organisation that aims to promote the advancement of medical leadership, management and quality improvement for the benefit of patients at every level of medicine. It promotes excellence in leadership on behalf of all doctors in public health, primary and secondary care from medical students to medical directors and recognises the need for good medical leadership in driving forward improved health and healthcare. It is yet another of those, often unseen - by the public and media, at least - but very positive and forward-thinking elements of the NHS. It should be a stimulating and interesting conference and we are looking forward to it very much.

Following the publication of Professor Don Berwick’s review of the Mid Staffordshire tragedy, the headlines have focussed on the creation of a criminal offence to deter wilful or reckless neglect or mistreatment, with the much campaigned-for duty of candour seemingly side-lined. Sophie Kemp discusses.

Losing a loved one is devastating enough. When this occurs in the context of concern about poor medical care, it can be even more upsetting. Claire Kennedy talks through the process of getting medical records after a death.

If you have questions about the medical treatment you have received then a starting point can be to obtain your medical records. This blog explains how you can obtain medical records for you or your loved ones.

Richard Lodge and Raoul Lumb explore the relationship between clinical negligence claims and the Human Rights Act.

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