Following a series of scandals related to failures in patient care, with new laws on transparency in the NHS and calls for safe staffing levels in hospital wards, the government is to push for significant changes in NHS reforms.
The amendment to the government’s Health and Care Bill would also include limits on the health secretary’s power to interfere with the planning and investigation of stillbirths by medical examiners.
Labor’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth believes the changes – which also include the ability for local NHS regions to object to certain spending limits if they deem them to pose a risk to patient safety – will Will attract the support of Conservative MPs.
in an exclusive interview with Granthshala Ahead of the Labor Party conference in Brighton, Mr Ashworth said it was important that the NHS learn from mistakes and improve its record on safety, which he said could only be achieved through greater transparency.
“Patient safety has been forgotten in this bill. The patient’s voice is ignored. Patients are like ghosts in a machine,” he said.
“The bill is going through parliament, and we are amending it to do the best we can. We want to have a framework for providing greater patient protection in the bill, because ultimately, it should be the golden thread running through every aspect of healthcare delivery.
“We may be out because of Parliament’s arithmetic, but I hope Tory MPs will seriously consider supporting these amendments.”
The shadow health secretary will give a speech at the Labor conference on Tuesday in which he will outline the broad health reforms that Labor wants to deliver, which will include widespread attention and funding for public health measures.
He will also reveal concerns over the creeping use of private hospital providers in mental health services, in light of questions over their safety, their CQC rating being nearly half that of independent mental health services.
The Labor Party will put forward amendments on patient safety to the Health and Care Bill during its committee phase, and hopes to push the changes in a vote.
Changes include a new requirement for NHS Trusts to publish reports by the Royal Colleges after investigations into clinical services.
The lack of action by the NHS following the Royal College report, which was not made public, has been a feature in several patient safety scandals, including the maternity disaster at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust and the death of children at East Kent Hospitals University Trust .
BBC in May panorama The program revealed that the results of only 16 out of 111 reviews were made public by the Royal Colleges.
Mr Ashworth said transparency in the NHS after the mistakes was key to making the necessary reforms.
“I don’t understand why we don’t want transparency. This is an important component when we are trying to improve patient safety and learn from mistakes, to ensure that errors do not happen again. There are times when mistakes happen, and it’s unimaginable, and I can’t put into words the sadness one must feel when they make a mistake.
“The important thing is that the system learns from these mistakes, and reviews what went wrong, and makes corrections. The best way to do this is through transparency in these reviews.”
Separately, the party wants to expand the role of medical examiners, who currently review all deaths in the NHS who are not referred to a coroner, to include a requirement that they also review stillbirths. We do.
Parents who have experienced a stillbirth, and have concerns about the care they or their child will receive, are currently unable to address these concerns by a coroner or investigation.
Labor will also seek a new duty for the Secretary of Health to prepare an annual report on measures to address inequality in maternity services. Currently, black women are four times more likely to die while giving birth than white women.
Mr. Ashworth said: “I think it’s a scandal that black mothers are four times more likely to die and Asian mothers are twice as likely to die. It puts this country to shame.”
Mr Ashworth also wants the planned rules on capital expenditure in the NHS to be changed. This is an expense related to the maintenance of buildings and equipment in service, which is currently subject to a £9bn backlog. NHS England will have the power to impose spending limits on local areas, but Labor wants the NHS to have the power to object to any limits if patient safety is at risk.
The MP for Leicester South said: “We are really concerned about this £9bn backlog. Many hospitals have reported roof collapses, sewage pipe leaks etc. This is a major threat to patient safety, and countless more. NHS trusts need investment because their hospitals are crumbling. If we want to provide safe care, we need a framework around capital expenditure.”
Concerns over widespread workforce shortages in the NHS, and their impact on the ability of NHS trusts to provide safe care, have prompted the Party to submit a further series of amendments, calling for an annual report on workforce staffing in the NHS, Which should include an assessment of safe staffing levels and whether they are being met within the NHS.
Labor will also push for the health secretary to have a duty to “maintain safe levels of staff” in the NHS in England.
The Health Bill plans to give the Health Security Investigation Branch (HSIB) complete independence from the NHS and the government, although the law provides for the Secretary of State to instruct the body to conduct investigations.
Labor wants to give the HSIB the power to refuse such a directive from the Secretary of Health, and to be able to request more funding for the investigation, as well as to prevent the Secretary of Health from participating in the investigation. wants to be able to.
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