News from National Voices

National Voices' Director of Policy, Don Redding says,

"National Voices welcomes the Commission on Dignity in Care for Older People. The...

National Voices' Chief Executive, Jeremy Taylor says,

"It's not clear that this resignation was necessary but it does offer the opportunity for the CQC to move on and recover public confidence after a rocky period. The last thing CQC needs is a hiatus in leadership, so the plan for Cynthia Bower to stay on till the Autumn seems very sensible. The recruitment of her successor needs to begin immediately, not "shortly", as in the CQC’s statement.

"The CQC needs to be the firm, independent champion of the patient and service user, acting without fear or favour. It needs sufficient funding and a sensible remit from Government.

National Voices, the charity coalition for health and social care, is disappointed at the recent vote in the Lords on a Statutory of Candour for all NHS organisations. The Lords voted by a margin of 36 votes - 234 to 198 - against an amendment to include a statutory duty of candour in the Health & Social Care Bill.

National Voices’ Director of Policy, Don Redding, says:

“National Voices is disappointed by yesterday's vote. As many peers said in the debate, when something goes wrong patients want the basic decency of an apology, an explanation, and face to face communication. Yet cover-ups and gagging orders are still tolerated.