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Leading the way on patient safety

The Scottish Government has announced that GPs in Scotland are set to become even safer as the world’s first patient safety programme for primary care is launched.

With around 100,000 GP visits every day in Scotland the programme will see safety measures implemented where the majority of NHS care is delivered.

GPs and their staff will undertake safety surveys and case note reviews to increase staff awareness and integrate patient safety into their daily work to reduce avoidable harm.

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Update on PiP breast implants

New evidence has emerged which shows that around 7,000 more women in the UK may be victims of the PiP scandal caused by a French breast implant manufacturer, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has announced. These women will be eligible for the same NHS care as announced in January.

French authorities had previously advised that only PiP breast implants that were used after 2001 may have been made with unauthorised silicone gel. Following an investigation by the UK regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the French authorities have now reported that PiP implants made before 2001 may also contain unauthorised silicone gel.

This means an extra 7,000 women, who had PiP implants before 2001, could be affected. About one in five breast implants need replacing within ten years, whatever the make, so it is unlikely that all these 7,000 women still have the same PiP implants.

The independent expert group – led by the NHS Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh – continues to advise that there is not enough evidence to recommend routine removal of PiP breast implants given that this would mean many women having to have surgery.

However, the government has recommended that if women are concerned they should speak to their surgeon or GP. The NHS will support removal of PIP implants if, after this consultation, the patient still has concerns and with her doctor she decides that it is right to do so. The NHS will replace the implants if the original operation was done by the NHS.

The government expect the private sector to do the same for their patients. It believe that private providers have a duty to take steps to provide appropriate after-care to patients they have treated. If a clinic that implanted PiP implants no longer exists or refuses to care for their patient – where that patient is entitled to NHS services, the NHS will support the removal of PiP implants where clinically necessary.

 

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Government announces additional funding for victims’ services

The Government has announced an overhaul of victims’ services that will see up to £50 million generated from offenders to help create a speedier, more supportive system for victims of serious crime.

Under the new proposals set out by the Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke, criminals will be forced to fund victims' support services and those with unspent convictions could be banned from claiming compensation.

The proposals have now been put out to public consultation, which will run until 22nd April 2012. The proposed reforms include:

  • Ending payments for minor injuries such as sprained ankles, cuts and grazes and speeding up payments for serious injuries;
  • Greater funding for victims' support services, better targeted at those most in need;
  • Stopping criminal injuries compensation payments to people with unspent convictions - totalling at least £75million over the past decade;
  • Banning criminal injuries compensation payments to people who have been resident in the UK for less than 6 months (except for UK and EU/EEA nationals);
  • A new statutory Victims' Code including the right for victims to make a personal statement and to request a meeting with their offender;
  • A simpler route of complaint and redress for victims.


Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke, said:

'Victims in this country must be able to rely on a justice system which punishes offenders properly and ensures that victims who suffer serious consequences are properly helped and supported.

'Cash compensation should be better focused on blameless victims of the most serious crimes and more support for victims should be funded by offenders rather than taxpayers.”

 

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