‘Serious incidents’ and ‘never events’ are becoming alarmingly frequent at North Middlesex University Hospital, where a Care Quality Commission review carried out in September 2016 found that the hospital ‘requires improvement’ in all areas other than surgery. Worryingly, it seems that conditions at the hospital have failed to improve since then, with a recent article revealing that the number of ‘serious incidents’ and ‘never events’ has been steadily on the increase since 2015.
In this blog Kate Rohde welcomes the new Guidance from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges called "Please write to me"; she discusses the importance of patient centre care and communication. The absence of which can cause medical negligence claims to arise.
The Times report on Friday 31 August 2018 – “Coroner is considering fresh inquests after 150 deaths at St George’s Hospital heart unit” – makes for sad reading. It seems that an internal report has revealed “toxic” bickering between rival camps within the hospital. In this blog, Kate Rohde, Partner in the Medical Negligence team raises some key questions around the kind of environment junior doctors are having to work under and the responsibility of hospital management to maintain a more collaborative environment.