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  1. Content Article
    1 Blog - Inappropriate prescribing during a pandemic: dementia and antipsychotics A growing number of people with dementia who live in care homes are being prescribed antipsychotic medication, but there are serious questions about whether these drugs are being prescribed appropriately. In this blog, a family describes how their father with Alzheimer’s disease came to be prescribed antipsychotic medication at his care home. They raise concerns about the decision to prescribe antipsychotics when there were obvious non-drug based alternatives to pursue, the lack of involvement the family had in the decision-making process and the negative ways in which the medication has affected their father’s personality. 2 Belfast Healthy Cities: Pharmacy Schools Programme (2021) The Pharmacy Schools Programme is an innovative teaching resource developed by Belfast Healthy Cities. Using a health literacy approach, it is designed to be used in primary schools in Northern Ireland to help educate children about self-care, medication safety and community pharmacy services. 3 WHO - Medication safety webinar series: engaging patients and families for medication safety (8 March 2022) As part of its Third Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm, WHO launched a series of webinars to introduce the strategic framework, technical strategies, tools for reducing medication-related harm. You can access the presentations from this webinar focused on engaging patients and their families to improve medication safety: Patient engagement tool: “5 Moments for Medication Safety”, Nagwa Metwally and Helen Haskell Patients, families and health workers partnering for medication safety, Dr Irina Papieva Developing programmes for patient and family engagement - Canadian experience, Ioana Popescu and Maryann Murray 4 Patient Safety Spotlight interview with Marie Lyon, chair of the Association for Children Damaged by Hormone Pregnancy Tests In this interview, Marie Lyon talks about her campaign for justice for families affected by hormone pregnancy tests, why she is passionate about reforming medicines regulation and the important role patient campaigners play in improving patient safety. 5 Blog - Please don’t undermine my pain relief! A call for learning and respect for patients with long term needs This blog calls for action on the careful review of established pain medication when a patient is admitted to hospital. The author, Richard von Abendorff, describes the experience of two elderly patients who suffered pain due to their long term medication being stopped when they were admitted to hospital. He highlights the importance of ensuring that pain management needs are not ignored or undermined and argues that there needs to be carer and patient involvement and their consent when making a decision to stop established pain medication. 6 HSE Ireland - My Medicines List leaflet (January 2020) This leaflet produced by the Irish Health Services Executive (HSE) provides a central place for patients to record information about their medications. It acts as a reference point for patients to use when discussing their medications with a healthcare professional and includes a reminder of the Know, Check, Ask campaign, aimed at reducing medication errors in the community. 7 Blog - Digitising pharmacy: Bilingual medication information on pharmacy dispensing labels (July 2022) This blog by NHS England looks at how a service which provides bilingual medication information is helping to reduce healthcare inequalities and medication errors in London. Written Medicine’s software allows pharmacies and hospitals to translate and print medication information, instructions and warnings. Drawn from a dataset of 3,500 phrases, printed labels are available in fifteen different languages. The bilingual labels help patients take ownership of their treatment, giving them a better understanding of how to take their prescribed medication. The solution is helping to reduce errors, improve medication adherence and enhance patient safety and experience. Take a look at our Top picks for World Patient Safety Day 2022: Medication safety in hospitals
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    Ongoing research underway at The University of Queensland in Australia is focusing on stopping children undergoing chemotherapy from feeling pain and other debilitating side effects. Dr Hana Starobova from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience has been awarded a Fellowship Grant from the Children’s Hospital Foundation to continue her research to relieve children from the side effects of cancer treatments. “Although children have a higher survival rate than adults following cancer treatments, they can still be suffering side-effects well into their adulthood,” Dr Starobova said. “A five-year-old cancer patient could be suffering severe pain, gastrointestinal problems or difficulty walking 20 years on from treatment. “There has been a lack of studies on children, which is an issue because they are not just small adults — they suffer from different cancers, their immune systems work differently and they have a faster metabolism, all of which affect how treatments work. “Our aim is to treat children before the damage happens so that the side-effects are dramatically reduced or don’t occur in the first place.” Dr Starobova is currently analysing how specific drugs could prevent a cascade of inflammation caused by chemotherapy drugs, which lead to tingling and numbness in hands and feet, and muscle pain and weakness that makes everyday tasks, like walking and doing up buttons, a challenge. She is focusing on Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers in children, with over 700 children diagnosed in Australia each year. “We are studying the most commonly used chemotherapy treatment for children, which is a mix of drugs that are very toxic, but have to be used to treat cancer fast and stop it becoming resistant to the drugs,” Dr Starobova said. “It’s a fine balance — too little chemotherapy and cancer won’t be killed but sometimes the side effects are so bad, patients have to stop the therapy. “I hope that by having a treatment to reduce side-effects, it will be one less thing for these kids and their families to worry about.” Read full story Source: The Print, 15 August 2022
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    In this paper, ARMA makes the following recommendations: Develop multidisciplinary, networked, personalised approaches to pain as standard. Develop more community-based approaches to pain. Everyone with chronic pain should be offered a holistic assessment of their symptoms in primary care reviewing the impact on their physical and mental health, their activities of daily living and their wellbeing, including the ability to work/study, and explore any underlying causes of or contributors to their pain. A public health approach is needed based on community need to design and target effective public health interventions to support those who have chronic pain to improve their health and their quality of life. Take a strategic, integrated population health approach to commissioning pain services ensuring money transcends organisational boundaries, focussed on the provision of a range of chronic pain support options and intervention allowing for personalisation. There should be early access to treatment for painful conditions to minimise pain becoming chronic, including rapid diagnosis, which is important to people. Integrated physical and mental health support for people with MSK pain conditions should be available and every CCG should include MSK chronic pain in IAPT for Long Term Conditions with staff who have joint expertise in both physical and mental health and understanding of chronic pain. Understand health inequalities, discuss and implement levers for change. Systems and services should allow equity in access, experience of using NHS services and equity of outcomes for all groups. Systems and services should be inclusive and culturally sensitivity. Social prescribing to provide supported self-management at scale. Every person with chronic pain should have access to peer support and be signposted to the patient organisations relevant to them. Healthcare professionals education and training to include understanding and management of pain and emphasise the personalised biopsychosocial approach and communications skills training to support them to have good conversations. Public education – including employers, public attitudes to increase health literacy and understanding of pain.
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    This Westminster Health Forum conference will discuss the next steps for diagnosis, treatment and management of conditions that cause chronic pain, and the priorities for supporting people living with its effects. Delegates will examine the development of integrated healthcare in local communities and developing best practice for delivering patient-centred care - as well as the support required for the health workforce to deliver quality care and pain management for patients. It will be an opportunity to evaluate the recent updates to NICE’s guidance for chronic pain management, and the development of integrated care systems in the context of the Health and Care Bill. There will also be discussion on alternative approaches to chronic pain management including psychological therapies, social prescribing and complementary medicine, with NICE commencing medical cannabis clinical trials for people with chronic pain. Overall, areas for discussion include priorities and next steps for: long-term management of chronic pain conditions improving diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain, and developing person-centred community care widening awareness and understanding of chronic pain conditions understanding risk factors for developing chronic pain conditions, and approaches to prevention supporting the wellbeing of people living with chronic pain, and improving access to mental health services new, diverse treatment programmes for sufferers of chronic pain regulation and guidance for new treatments for chronic pain. Register
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    Chronic pain following trauma and surgery is recognised but at the same time is incredibly difficult to manage once it is established. Part 2 of this Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) two-part webinar series will focus on the impact of early post-operative and critical care management of trauma patients. Join us to explore ways to minimise the severity of acute pain as well as the transition to persistent pain states. Register
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    Many clinicians are involved in the complex care of the trauma patient from the pre-hospital arena through the Emergency Department and often into theatre and critical care. Interventions at all these stages could reduce Nociception and pain in order to facilitate recovery and rehabilitation for survivors. In this two-part Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) webinar series, hear about innovative approaches that cover the entire patient journey rather than only focusing on a single specialty. This thought provoking webinar is an opportunity for 'traumatogist' as well as the generalist to learn how to limit the long-term burden of painful trauma and its early treatment. Register
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    The institution of medicine has always excluded women. From ancient beliefs that the womb wandered through the body causing 'humours' to 19th century Freudian hysteria, female bodies have been marked as unruly, defective, and lesser. We are still feeling the effects of these beliefs today. In 2008, a study of over 16,000 images in anatomy textbooks found that the white, heterosexual male was presented as the ‘universal model’ of a human being. We see this play out in medical research, when it isn't considered necessary to include women's experiences: approximately 70% of people who experience chronic pain are women, and yet 80% of pain study participants are men or male rats. We also see these beliefs inform clinical decisions. When experiencing pain, women are more likely to be given sedatives than painkillers, in a nod to the stereotype that women are more emotional and are therefore probably exaggerating the nature of their pain. This phenomenon is known as the gender pain gap, which describes the disparities in medical care that men and women receive purely due to their gender. But while awareness has risen over the last few years, how close are we to really closing the gender pain gap? Join The Femedic and Hysterical Women in discussion with Dr Omon Imohi, Dr Hannah Short, and research charity Wellbeing of Women as we consider how far medicine has come and how far we still have to go. Register
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    In 2015, Kath Sansom was the “ridiculously superfit mother of two adult daughters”. She had started to have a few “embarrassing leaks” while exercising, so Sansom did what many women do in her situation: she went to her GP, who referred her for transvaginal tape surgery, in which a small piece of mesh is fitted around the urethra to prevent incontinence. “I assumed it was a bit like a coil,” says Sansom, 54, a PR manager from Cambridgeshire, “and if I didn’t get on with it, I could have it taken out. I had no idea it was permanent.” When Sansom awoke from her surgery, she was in pain, but expected it to settle down. “But the pain got worse,” she recalls. “It frightened me. I have good pain tolerance but I’d never experienced pain like it. I felt so stupid that I’d gone in for surgery and not even Googled it before I did. I trusted my doctor." Sansom started researching and learned that the procedure had been suspended in Scotland since 2014, after concerns over side-effects. “I felt so stupid,” she says, “that I’d gone for surgery and not Googled it beforehand. I trusted my doctor.” She decided to raise awareness of the possible side-effects of the procedure and founded Sling the Mesh in June 2015. Within days she had 20 members; now there are 9,400. Everyone in the group has been devastated by mesh. “Seven out of 10 women have lost their sex lives,” says Sansom. “A quarter are suicidal. The devastation on the page is so awful.” Further blogs from Kath Sansom ‘Mesh removal surgery is a postcode lottery’ - patients harmed by surgical mesh need accessible, consistent treatment Ineffective medical device recalls are a patient safety scandal Regulatory flaws: Women were catastrophically failed in the mesh, Primodos and Sodium Valproate tragedies
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    "Many years ago I argued that there is a bogus contract between doctors and patients.1 Patients have an exaggerated idea of how much doctors can heal them, while doctors are painfully conscious of their limited powers. Doctors are reluctant to be fully honest about their limitations, partly worrying that their therapeutic potential might be reduced, but also perhaps worrying about loss of status, salary, and even power. For patients it's satisfying to think that doctors can fix whatever is wrong with you, meaning the bogus contract continues. But I see signs of it cracking. It's time for patients to 'take back control,' recognising that those with the power—doctors in this case, although they may not choose to acknowledge it—rarely give it up without a struggle."
  10. Content Article
    A recent investigation report published by HSIB intends to improve patient safety in relation to the use of oral morphine sulfate solution (a strong pain-relieving medication taken by mouth).[1] The investigation focused on the case of Len, who took an accidental overdose of morphine sulfate oral solution. He had previously been diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a progressive disease that affects the nervous system, and had been prescribed morphine sulfate by his GP for persistent symptoms of breathlessness and pain following a fall. Len was prescribed morphine sulfate, which has a concentration of 10mg in 5ml, at a dose of 1.25ml to 2.5ml, to be taken up to every four hours when required. His Wife collected his prescription from the pharmacy and subsequently Len took three doses of 5ml (two to four times the suggested dose) over the course of a day. The next morning, he was taken by ambulance to the local emergency department due to breathing difficulties, thought to be caused by a suspected accidental overdose of morphine, pneumonia and worsening of his Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. He initially recovered after receiving treatment, but sadly died a short time later. After his death, when the family asked about why he had been prescribed such a high dosage, it was discovered that that Len and his Wife had not seen the dispensing label on the outer packaging which advised that he should take a dose of 1.25ml to 2.5ml. Findings of the investigation HSIB’s investigation found that the decision-making process that resulted in Len being prescribed morphine sulfate oral solution had followed national guidance. However, when it came to the prescription of morphine sulfate: The dosage guidance label was on the outer box that contained the morphine sulfate bottle, not on the bottle itself. This label was not seen by Len or his Wife. Len and his Wife read the manufacturers text on the morphine bottle, which showed the strength of the liquid (5ml), which they mistook for the required dose (which is actually 1.25ml to 2.5ml). The morphine sulfate bottle came with a measurement aid, a 5ml syringe. With this measure being the same as the strength of the liquid shown on the bottle, this confirmed in the minds of Len and his Wife that the dose was 5ml. Key patient safety concerns Patient Safety Learning welcomes the publication of this HSIB report, and the patient safety issues that it highlights. We publish all HSIB reports on the hub, our learning platform for patient safety. In this report we believe there are several patient safety issues that require further consideration, with action needed to prevent incidents of avoidable harm such as this reoccurring in future. Labelling and measurement aids The report highlights significant patient safety concerns relating to the packaging of morphine sulfate and the measurement aid it was dispensed with in Len's case. Firstly, considering the packaging, the dosage information was contained on a small label on the outer box, but not on the oral solution bottle itself. This appears to have created an error trap for patients, with an assumption that they will read both the box label and the bottle label when looking for dosage information, and that they will understand from these what the correct dosage is and act accordingly. Secondly, there are issues with measurement aids, in this case a 5ml oral syringe that came with the morphine sulfate. The investigation notes that this measurement is in line with the standard dose for an adult (10mg at 5ml) and older person (5mg at 2.5ml). However, due to Len’s health condition, he was prescribed a smaller dose, 1.25ml to 2.5ml. The report states that it was not possible to accurately measure this dose with the syringe provided. Responding to these issues, HSIB made the following safety observation: “It may be beneficial if manufacturers of morphine oral solution 10mg in 5ml ensure that any dose measurement aid, if supplied with the medication, is able to measure a full range of possible doses.” We agree with the intent of this observation, but are concerned that this measure alone will not prevent a similar incident occurring in future. The issue with the morphine sulfate labelling differing on the box and bottle is not addressed by this or any other observation or recommendation. Furthermore, regarding manufacturers making changes to the measurement aid, our concern is that there is no assurance that HSIB’s observation will be acted on. As noted in our report Mind the implementation gap: The persistence of avoidable harm in the NHS, there appears to be no formal framework on a national level to review and act on HSIB’s safety observations.[2] While the steps outlined in this safety observation for manufacturers are desirable, in practice there is no system to implement or monitor this. Failure by the community pharmacy to participate in the investigation A crucial point of concern in this case pertains to what information and advice was provided when morphine sulfate was prescribed and dispensed to Len. Understanding this process could be vital in preventing similar incidents occurring in future. We are dismayed to read that HSIB found that a key organisation involved in this process, the community pharmacy, declined to participate in the investigation. Their report states: “The investigation tried to engage with the pharmacy on a number of occasions by email, telephone, and recorded post. The investigation also spoke with local commissioners and NHS England and NHS Improvement national pharmacy teams to identify whether any further support could be offered to assist in engaging with the pharmacy. Despite this, the investigation was unable to obtain engagement from the pharmacy and so was unable to complete investigation work that may have assisted in fully considering the patient safety risks presented in Len’s care.” We consider this to be both a puzzling and unacceptable response by the pharmacy, demonstrating a frankly shocking degree of disregard towards the family affected by this tragic case. Defensive and closed approaches to patient safety investigations severely limit our ability to learn from patient safety incidents, resulting in the continuation of avoidable harm and unnecessary loss of life. This lack of cooperation underlines the importance of HSIB receiving new powers to compel witnesses to give evidence by law, and for organisations to provide access to materials, equipment and records that it considers necessary for an investigation. The Health and Care Bill currently passing through parliament would provide them with these powers, as part of plans to convert the regulator into a new statutory organisation, the Health Service Safety Investigations Body.[3] In response to the failure of the community pharmacy to engage with the investigation, HSIB made the following safety observation: “It may be beneficial if professional bodies provided guidance and further support to their members to maximise the learning that can be achieved from safety investigations that may improve patient care.” We believe there is a need for a stronger and more specific action in response to this. Professional bodies and regulators, such as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and General Pharmaceutical Council, make it clear that defensive and closed cultures in organisations are not acceptable.[4] [5] We consider that such behaviours must be identified and addressed. Yellow Card scheme In our recent Mind the implementation gap report, one of the areas where we identified a significant gap between what we know about patient safety and what is done in practice was incident reporting.[2] When discussing this we specifically mentioned the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Yellow Card scheme. This is a system for voluntary reporting of safety issues concerning medicines and medical devices by the public and healthcare professionals. HSIB noted the following regarding the Yellow Card scheme in this case: “The investigation was told by the Trust that a Yellow Card report should have been submitted in Len’s case. However, it had not happened. The investigation was told that when staff were under great pressure Yellow Card reports did not always get submitted and that side effects related to respiratory issues from morphine sulfate were already recognised.” The shortcomings of the Yellow Card scheme in effectively identifying medication safety issues have been well documented, particularly by the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety (IMMDS) Review published in 2020.[6] In light of this, the Government and MHRA have committed to take steps to improve the scheme. This case illustrates the one of the challenges of ensuring that the Yellow Card scheme is used effectively and that the importance of routinely recording and reporting these types of incidents is embedded throughout the healthcare system. This is an area where we feel an additional safety recommendation could have been added to this report. Patient engagement Patient engagement is key to improving patient safety. In our report, A Blueprint for Action, we identify this as one of the six foundations of safe care.[7] We believe that patients should be engaged for safety at the point of care, if things go wrong, in improving services, in advocating for changes and in holding the system to account. In this case, gaps in information hinder our understanding of how Len and his Wife were communicated with during the prescription of morphine sulfate. HSIB stated that they were unable interview the GP, therefore the only information on this was taken from Len’s medical notes. It is not known what advice was given on how to take the morphine sulfate. Due to the lack of cooperation by the community pharmacy, there is also an information gap about what dispensing advice was given. The report does note another factor that may have impacted on the communication of advice on the dosage, stating: “Len’s Wife was recovering from surgery on her ears for an existing hearing problem and had some known memory problems. When taken together with the passage of time since she collected the prescription, the investigation cannot be certain whether any advice given could have been heard, and if it was heard, whether Len’s Wife now remembers it.” Patients and carers need to be assured that medication prescription processes involve clear communication and account for any barriers to this. Unsafe medication practices and medication errors are a leading cause of avoidable harm and are the focus of this year’s forthcoming World Patient Safety Day in September.[8] There is a wealth of existing research and good practice on this, including the World Health Organization’s 5 Moments for Medication Safety campaign, which highlights to patients and carers the key moments where action by the healthcare professional, patient or carer can greatly reduce the risk of harm associated with the use of medications.[9] With significant gaps in information, it is difficult to make any firm recommendations stemming from this specific case, however this case does point towards wider work that is needed to improve medication safety. Safety concerns about liquid morphine Patient safety concerns relating to the risk of unintentional overdose involving liquid morphine have also been raised more widely, beyond this case. Research published in The Pharmaceutical Journal last year revealed that liquid morphine has contributed to the cause of death in Coroner’s Prevention of Future of Deaths reports in the cases of at least three men and ten women since 2013.[10] In three of these cases, the coroner’s recommendations appealed for healthcare bodies and government departments to put in place additional restrictions on the prescription of morphine sulfate. This research highlighted some themes in common with the HSIB investigation around unintentional overdoses and questions around the guidance provided when this was being prescribed.[11] Concerns about patient safety incidents associated with morphine sulfate have also been raised previously in Controlled Drugs Newsletters in the NHS in the North Midlands and South West Midlands in 2016.[12] [13] They have also been raised more recently in a Care Quality Commission Controlled Drugs Newsletter, published in April 2021, which stated that there “is significant under-reporting of incidents with this medicine to Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers.”[14] We believe that may be a need for a further investigation of this patient safety issue by NHS England and NHS Improvement. References 1. HSIB, Unintentional overdose of morphine sulfate oral solution, 28 April 2022 2. Patient Safety Learning, Mind the implementation gap: The persistence of avoidable harm in the NHS, 7 April 2022 3. Department of Health and Social Care, Health and Care Bill: Health Services Safety Investigations Body, Last Updated 10 March 2022 4. Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Professional standards for the reporting, learning, sharing, taking action and review of incidents, November 2016 5. General Pharmaceutical Council, Standards for registered pharmacies, Revised June 2018 6. The Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review, First Do No Harm, 8 July 2020 7. Patient Safety Learning, The Patient-Safe Future: A Blueprint For Action, 2019 8. World Health Organization, World Patient Safety Day 2022, Last Accessed 27 April 2022 9. World Health Organization, 5 moments for medication safety, 1 July 2019 10. Carolyn Wickware, Government fails to respond to calls for tighter controls after liquid morphine deaths, The Pharmaceutical Journal, 2 September 2021 11. Carolyne Wickware, Investigation: should liquid morphine be reclassified?, 2 September 2021 12. NHS England, North Midlands Controlled Drugs Newsletter, December 2016 13. NHS England, Controlled Drugs Newsletter: Sharing Good Practice in the South West, August 2016 14. Care Quality Commission, CQC’s Controlled Drugs National Group Newsletter, 10 April 2021
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    Findings The initial choice of paracetamol and ibuprofen to control Len’s pain following his fall was in line with national guidance. Len’s pain was not effectively controlled on paracetamol and ibuprofen, therefore required review by his GP to address this. The choice of a morphine liquid was in line with national guidance and a reduced morphine dose was prescribed in line with recommendations for the older person and Len’s degree of kidney dysfunction. Len’s dose of morphine was displayed on the dispensing label attached to the outer box that the morphine was provided in. The label was not seen by Len or his Wife. Len and his Wife read the manufacturer’s text on the morphine bottle, which showed the strength of the morphine liquid, and understood this to be the required dose. When Len was taken to hospital with difficulty with breathing, he was found to have taken an accidental dose of morphine, he had a chest infection and his Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease may have impacted on his breathing. Safety observations HSIB made the following safety observations: It may be beneficial if manufacturers of morphine oral solution 10mg in 5ml ensure that any dose measurement aid, if supplied with the medication, is able to measure a full range of possible doses. It may be beneficial if professional bodies provided guidance and further support to their members to maximise the learning that can be achieved from safety investigations that may improve patient care.
  12. News Article
    Seaman Danyelle Luckey “didn’t die in combat or any military operation. She died from gross negligence of the medical providers on the ship she served, the USS Ronald Reagan,” said her father, Derrick Luckey. Danyelle Luckey died from sepsis on 10 October 2016. The 23-year-old had been on the ship for two weeks, and had been going back and forth to medical from 3 to 9 October with worsening symptoms. “Her death was very preventable. She died in excruciating pain, instead of being properly treated,” Derrick Luckey told lawmakers during a hearing about patient safety and the quality of care in the military medical system. “If the medical providers had given her a simple treatment of antibiotics instead of turning her away, she would be alive today,” he said. Luckey and Army veteran Dez Del Barba, who said he lost part of his left leg and suffered 70% muscle and tissue damage after his strep infection went untreated, urged lawmakers to make changes so others in the military community don’t have to suffer.Both contend this could have been avoided if proper medical care, such as antibiotics, had been provided. And both said they haven’t been able to get any information on investigations, or any actions to hold anyone accountable.Read full story Source: Yahoo News, 31 March 2022
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    Doctors too often "ignore" women's pain, Sajid Javid said as he called for change in the wake of the Shrewsbury maternity scandal. Writing for The Telegraph, the Health Secretary said the wider NHS needed to do much more to listen to women, adding that too many are left in pain and ignored by clinicians. On Wednesday, the Ockenden report revealed that the deaths of 201 babies and nine mothers at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust could have been avoided, citing a failure to listen to women. Mr Javid wrote: "This week we have seen the tragic reality of what can happen when women's voices are not listened to when it comes to their care. "Donna Ockenden's report into maternity failings at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals raises specific concerns for maternity services, but more widely we must address issues across the whole of the health and care system when it comes to listening to women's concerns and recognising their pain." In the joint piece with Maria Caulfield, the minister for women’s health, Mr Javid welcomed a "shift in the way we talk about women's health", with more open discussions about areas once seen as taboo. But the pair said more needed to be done – specifically to improve the treatment of endometriosis, an extremely painful gynaecological condition. "We must ensure all women feel confident in going to their GP when they experience symptoms of endometriosis and, when they do, that they are listened to," they said. Too many were "spending too long in pain waiting for a diagnosis, often feeling ignored by clinicians", they warned. Later this year the Government will publish a women's health strategy, which will examine issues including fertility, menopause, and prevention and treatment of diseases. Read full story (paywalled) Source: The Telegraph, 31 March 2022
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    "Seeing how much pain she's in is killing me," the mother of a woman waiting four years for a hip operation has said. It is only by screaming that Marie Morgan, from Carmarthenshire, can express her level of suffering. The 30-year-old, who has multiple brain conditions, can speak only a few words and needs round-the-clock care. "Her hip is out and is rubbing against bone... there's no socket there," Marie's mother Sandra said. "She can't travel because every time I move her she's screaming in pain. Marie has cerebral palsy, severe epilepsy and fluid on the brain and the constant agony caused by the wait has meant these conditions, including her seizures, have become "horrendous". Sandra said: "She used to be so happy, we used to go to the pool, play music... Now she's gone downhill. I don't think she can last much longer to be honest with you." Marie, from Penygroes, is on a waiting list to have surgery in Morriston Hospital, Swansea. Her mother said staff have told her she is considered to be high priority, but despite her best efforts, she is still in the dark about when the operation will happen. "They said because of Covid they weren't operating, now they say it's staff shortages so it's something all the time. "I feel I'm knocking my head against a wall. It's not fair, she's only 30 and suffering the way she is." Swansea Bay Health Board said it hoped to tackle the backlog by increasing capacity at one of its hospitals. Read full story Source: BBC News, 17 February 2022