Department of Health: Hard Truths: The Journey to Putting Patients First - Cm. 8751

Department of Health: Hard Truths: The Journey to Putting Patients First - Cm. 8751

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The Government's initial response, Patients First and Foremost (Cm. 8576, ISBN 9780101857628), set out a radical plan to prioritise care, improve transparency and ensure that where poor care is detected, there is clear action and clear accountability. This document now provides a detailed response to the 290 recommendations the Inquiry made across every level of the system. It also responds to six independent reviews commissioned to consider some of the key issues identified by the Inquiry. This document sets out how the whole health and care system will prioritise and build on this, including major new action in vital areas including: transparent monthly reporting of ward-by-ward staffing levels and other safety measures; a statutory and professional duties of candour; legislate at the earliest available opportunity on Wilful Neglect; a new fit and proper person's test which will act as a barring scheme; all arm's length bodies and the Department of Health have signed a protocol in order to minimise bureaucratic burdens on Trusts; a new Care Certificate to ensure that Healthcare Assistants and Social Care Support Workers have the right fundamental training and skills in order to give personal care to patients and service users; and the Care Bill will introduce a new criminal offence applicable to care providers that supply or publish certain types of information that is false or misleading, where that information is required to comply with a statutory or other legal obligation. It looks at preventing problems; detecting problems quickly; taking action promptly; ensuring robust accountability and ensuring staff are trained and motivatedIn order to ensure that issues are addressed as quickly as possible, the Department of Health is seeking changes to the legislative framework through the Care Bill to provide Monitor with the power to provide additional licence conditions onanbsp;...

Title:Department of Health: Hard Truths: The Journey to Putting Patients First - Cm. 8751
Author: Great Britain: Department of Health
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2013-11-19

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