The medical ward. A concentration of illness, anxiety, uncertainty, need and exemplary patience. Each patient, although concerned primarily for their own welfare, cannot avoid noticing and following momentous events in the lives of others. The architects of the ward designed a semblance of privacy, and the medical staff try to maintain it by pulling (literally) paper-thin... Continue Reading →

Unreconstructed: the challenge of delivering candour

The duty of candour is now a law of candour. Regulation 20 of the Health and Social Care Act came into force on November 27th 2014, and requires a Trust to inform patients swiftly after the recognition of significant harm events. 10 working days appears to be the expected timeframe (this document from the CQC explains it well.)... Continue Reading →

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