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A new National Guardian has been appointed, and each NHS Trust needs to have ‘Freedom to Speak Up Guardians’ so that staff can go to them to raise concerns.   Has your organisation got these people?  They can have other titles.  Do your staff know who they are? https://www.cqc.org.uk/content/freedom-speak-guardians

The Dept have issued a Consultation Document – Providing a ‘Safe Space’ in Healthcare Safety Investigations’.   It aims to bring in legislation, that where information is generated as part of a safety investigation, it will be kept confidential and will not be shared outside the investigation’s boundaries, unless there is a high court ruling […]

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust were fined £366k in November 2016, for safety failings after a 78 year old with dementia and bi-polar disorder was found drowned in a hospital ward.   http://press.hse.gov.uk/2016/hospital-fined-after-safety-failings-led-to-dementia-patients-death/  

A company boss has been acquitted of two charges of manslaughter by gross negligence after two people were killed when a two-tonne stage door fell at a theatre in Guildford. Read more… [SHP Online 7 November 2016]

The number of company directors prosecuted for safety and health offences has more than tripled in a year, according to data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The HSE prosecuted 46 company directors and senior managers in the 12 months to 31 March 2016, compared with 15 in the previous 12 months. In addition, […]