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  1. Content Article
    Speakers at the webinar included: Len Hodkin, a founding member and chair of Making Families Count whose mother was attacked and killed on her way to work by a mental health service user with a history of extreme violence and drug abuse. Jan Sunman, a founding member and former director of Making Families Count, whose eldest daughter Katy, who had learning disabilities and physical disabilities, experienced serious harm in an acute NHS trust. Dorit Braun, is a volunteer project coordinator with Making Families Count and has traumatic lived experience as a family member.
  2. Content Article
    A report published by the Harmed Patients Alliance, “Signpost to Nowhere?” the case for funded independent advocacy, advice and information for patients and families following patient safety incidents” shines a bright light on this neglected issue and offers a way forward. The report points out the irony of the NHS focus on “just” culture when it is prepared to abandon the people it has harmed in this way. It suggests that the NHS owes a “moral duty of care ” to attend to the needs it creates for people affected by avoidable harm in the NHS to support their wellbeing, trust in the NHS and
  3. Content Article
    The report covers: What independent information, advice or advocacy needs do people have when they have been harmed of affected by a patient safety incident? What services of this kind are currently made available by the NHS specifically for patients and families affected by patient safety incidents? What help is available? What do the Government, NHS bodies and regulators say about independent information, advice or advocacy for harmed patients and their families? What are the moral, patient safety and financial arguments for funding independent advocacy, advic
  4. News Article
    A woman who struggled to access night-time care for her dying father has told the BBC he "shouldn't have been expected to die in office hours". Tracey Bennett said she was "completely lost" when her dad Michael needed help. Early in 2021, Mrs Bennett, 54, from Doncaster, moved in with her dad, 76-year-old Michael Woodward, to care for him in the last stages of his cancer. One night he had a fall. Mrs Bennett was able to help him back up but turned to the local NHS palliative care phone line for help, only to find it closed. Although she did not feel her father should be in
  5. News Article
    Families whose loved ones’ bodies were sexually abused in a hospital mortuary have yet to receive any compensation, because the Department of Health and Social Care has not signed off a proposed framework. A family member involved in the case claimed the delay was due to a “chaotic, splenetic mess of a government… [which] can’t get an arse on a seat long enough to approve it”. Former hospital maintenance supervisor David Fuller is serving life sentences for the murder of two women, committed two decades before he went on to commit sexual offences against 101 dead women and girls in h
  6. News Article
    About 4,000 UK victims of the infected blood scandal are to receive interim compensation payments of £100,000 by the end of this month. It is being paid to those whose health is failing after developing blood borne viruses like hepatitis and HIV. It is also being paid to partners of people who have died. Conan McIlwrath, from Larne in County Antrim, who is among the 100 or so victims affected in Northern Ireland said it was "very much welcomed". "This is the first compensation that's ever been paid - anything prior has been support," he told BBC News NI. All victims have ca
  7. News Article
    At 9.16am Florence Wilkinson gave birth to a healthy baby boy by planned caesarean section. The team of NHS doctors and midwives worked like a well-oiled machine, performing what to them was a standard operation, while also showing real kindness. After a short stint in a close observation bay, Florence was moved onto the postnatal ward. Still anaesthetised, Florence was completely reliant on her partner Ben to help her recover from the birth and feed her son in his first hours of life. Yet just a few hours later, the scene was very different. Due to Covid protocol, Ben was not able to sta
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