News from National Voices

National Voices has joined a group of hospice provider charities to brief peers in the House of Lords on their concerns that the voluntary sector could be squeezed out of local commissioning by misinterpretation of new regulations on procurement.

The ‘section 75’ regulations under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 risk being seen by commissioners as a requirement to put all but a minority of services out to competitive tender.

The House of Lords will debate the regulations on 24th April 2013.

National Voices’ Comment on Nuffield Trust Review - Rating Providers for Care Quality

National Voices welcomes the...

National Voices’ Response to the House of Lords & House of Commons Joint Committee Report on the Draft Care & Support Bill.

National Voices welcomes the Joint Committee’s report, in particular its calls for a statutory duty of candour in both health and social care. 

National Voices’ Policy Adviser, Laura Robinson, says: “Everyone deserves to be treated with honesty if things go wrong. This should be the case whether it happens in the health system or the social care system. We are pleased to see that today’s report extends the groundswell of voices calling for a legal duty of candour.”

Immediate Changes to Get the Ball Rolling

On NHS Change Day National Voices has issued a report, After Francis: Doing Justice, demanding a proper response to the Francis report and highlighting some of the urgent changes we need to see.

These include a legal duty of honesty so that hospitals and other NHS bodies must tell patients and their families if harm has been done.

National Voices’ Chief Executive, Jeremy Taylor, says: “A new NHS comes into being on

National Voices and MHP Health Mandate has published ‘Putting patients at the heart of the information revolution’.

It offers ten recommendations to government, the Commissioning Board and others on how to deliver the Department of Health's information strategy, The Power of Information.

National Voices’ Response to Government announcements

National Voices gives two cheers to government announcements on social care funding and flags further action needed on social care.

Jeremy Taylor, Chief Executive of National Voices, says:

“This will be a first step forward in social care funding. It doesn’t happen until after the next election. We are disappointed the government has gone for such a high cap to the amount individuals will have to pay for their own care. The rise in means-tested thresholds is better news for those on lower incomes.  

“We need continued work across the political spectrum to develop this initial offer and communicate it clearly to the public”

Francis Report into Failures at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust
National Voices’ Response

National Voices welcomes the call by Robert Francis QC for a statutory duty of candour to inform patients fully when things go wrong with their care. However National Voices also believes Francis’ report should have been more radical in calling for a stronger voice for patients, service users, families and carers.

Robert Francis was speaking as chair of the second Inquiry into failings at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.