News from National Voices

National Voices welcomes announcements that revalidation - the new system for ensuring doctors are up to date and fit to practise – will go ahead but also called for more patient involvement in the system. 

Revalidation will be introduced by doctors’ regulator the General Medical Council...

On Monday 15 October, when Robert Francis QC was due to publish a delayed report into failures at the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust in 2005-9, National Voices - the health and care charity coalition - releases its own report calling for greater urgency in improving patient safety and care quality.

National Voices has added its support for a Speaking Up charter launched by NHS Employers. It outlines a commitment by the NHS Employers organisation, regulators, health unions, professional associations and bodies to work together to support staff when raising a safety concern or issue at work.

The charter aims to promote a culture in the NHS where staff can report concerns with confidence. This confidence to raise concerns is crucial for ensuring safe, high quality patient care.

National Voices, a coalition of more than 140 health and social care charities, says it cannot support Government proposals to extend provider choice in the NHS until there is an equal drive for people‘s full involvement in their care and treatment.

The charities have told the government...

Party Conference Fringe events

Dr Daniel Poulter MP, Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP and Baroness Jolly will debate patient safety and care quality at events at this year’s party conferences organised by The General Medical Council (GMC), the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) and National Voices.

Please join us at the events or on Twitter. Please note conference passes will be needed at the Labour and Conservative conferences.

Liberal Democrats: Monday 24 September, 18.15–19.30, Sandringham Room,
Hilton Hotel, Brighton, with:
•    Baroness Jolly,  Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Party Committee on Health & Social Care

National Voices, a coalition of more than 140 health and social care charities, has expressed concern about the further delay in the Francis report and is planning to publish its own version of lessons to learn. The inquiry, chaired by Robert Francis QC, is considering what the NHS must learn from the failings at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and follows an earlier report, also chaired by Robert Francis.
The report was due to be sent to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on October 15.  However, Francis announced on Wednesday (September 19) that his final report would now be delayed until early January 2013. This is the second delay in completing the report.

National Voices Trustee Angela Coulter’s book: Engaging Patients in Healthcare has been highly commended in the BMA awards. The...