HSE has charged Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust following a thorough and comprehensive investigation into the circumstances of four deaths of patients under its care.
Wayne Owen, HSE Principal Inspector in the West Midlands, said:
“We have concluded our investigation into the death of four patients at Stafford Hospital and have decided there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to bring criminal proceedings in this case. “There are four separate charges, each alleging a breach under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.”
The medical engineering team at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have recently been awarded an internal award. The trust Star Awards publicly recognised and celebrated the excellent services provided by staff, volunteers and fundraisers who support them. This years event was held at the Middlesbrough Hotel.
The awards covered everything from embracing technology which support patients and clinicians on the wards to the laundry and sewing room developing simple - but effective - ideas to help dementia patients was shared with an audience of around 200 people.
Health Secretary outlines vision for use of technology across NHS
From: Department of Health
Speaking at the NHS Innovation Expo in Manchester, the Health Secretary challenged the NHS to make better use of technology so that patients can be empowered to manage their own healthcare needs, while ensuring that their data remains safe at all times.
Mr Hunt made clear that by 2016 all patients should be able to access their own GP electronic record online in full, seeing not just a summary of their allergies and medication but blood test results, appointment records and medical histories. By 2018 this record will include information from all their health and care interactions.
George Freeman MP, Minister for Life Sciences - “The Prime Minister has charged me with accelerating the uptake of transformational technologies in 21st century medicine”
Our health system is facing enormous challenges:
Six NHS trusts have “persistently” high death rates for patients who die in hospital or within 30 days of discharge, according to new data.
The trusts - including Colchester which is being investigated by police over accusations cancer waiting times were falsified - have had higher than expected death rates over two years.
A further 12 trusts are also considered “outliers” because they have death rates that are below expected levels and this has persisted for two years, the report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) showed.