Hancock not responsible for hospitals burying dozens of patient safety reports

In the Guardian today with usual misuse of ‘UK’:

Hospitals have been accused of burying the results of dozens of secret reports written by expert groups of doctors asked to investigate patient safety problems.

NHS trusts have been criticised for “disgraceful secrecy” for not publishing the reports, and often not even sharing them with regulators charged with overseeing standards of care.

While trusts have asked medical royal colleges to undertake 111 “invited reviews” over the last five years, they have put only 16 in the public domain, BBC One’s Panorama will reveal on Wednesday.

In addition, just 26 of the reports were shared in full with NHS regulators, such as the Care Quality Commission, which monitors care standards in the health service in England. Such widespread non-disclosure appears to be a breach of their duty, introduced in 2015 after the Morecambe Bay maternity care scandal, to give a copy of such reports to regulatory bodies.”

There is no mention of the UK Government nor of the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock.

Imagine if Jeanne Freeman and the Scottish Government could be blamed for this kind of behaviour by one or more of the Scottish health boards?

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9 thoughts on “Hancock not responsible for hospitals burying dozens of patient safety reports

  1. The Guardian’s use of ‘UK’, when they really mean ‘England’, makes evident the editorial staff’s ignorance of what ‘UK’ actually connotes. They have been running a series to mark the 250th anniversary of the MANCHESTER Guardian, a splendid local newspaper, whose staff were aware that there was a world beyond Islington and Hampstead.

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  2. The BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning covered the story, trailing a Panorama programme. The journalist reported that an FOI request had been sent to ‘all UK hospitals’ and again referred to findings that were UK wide.

    The Guardian’s use of the term ‘Trusts’ may be an indication of (just) sloppy journalism or an indication that it is an NHS England issue. Can’t tell.

    Having seen the usage UK = England so often it’s hard without the actual research data to know the geographic scope. And of course even if it’s an ‘issue’ in NHS Scotland we cannot know how it rates against the issue in the other three NHS organisations.

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    1. The BBC News website’s coverage of this story is an example – another one – of the disingenuous nature of BBC journalism.

      The BBC News website’s health section has an article under this headline ‘Unpublished hospital patient safety reports exposed’

      See: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-57144923

      Covered on this website, the Radio 4’s Today programme and Panorama, the public service broadcaster clearly wishes to make a big thing about this alleged lack of transparency by NHS hospitals.

      Here are some extracts from the BBC News website: ‘Serious patient safety issues are being buried in confidential hospital reports, BBC Panorama has found.’ And ‘Freedom of Information requests revealed 111 reports, written by medical royal colleges, which NHS trusts have a duty to share.’ And also: ‘Eighty reports were given to the BBC but only 26 had been shared in full with regulators, and 16 published.’

      So strong negative framing being used here. The article adds: ‘Freedom of Information (FoI) requests were sent to all NHS Trusts in the UK requesting any Royal College reviews of services in the last five years.’ So does ‘all NHS Trusts in the UK’ mean Scotland is excluded?

      At the very end of the article, we are given the evidence base, Royal College reviews between 2015-20: England (100 reviews); NI (6); Scotland (4) and Wales (1)

      So ‘NHS Boards’ were included too! But there is NO information – no results – on what was concluded about the fewer that one review per year revealed in Scotland nor the one in c. 5 years in Wales. Why? Were they made public or not: did they involve patient safety issues or not?

      We’re told: “BBC News asked the Department of Health whether they would consider a change in the law to enforce publication and sharing with regulators but they declined to comment.”

      Were the health departments in the NI, Scottish and Welsh governments approached for comment too? And if not why not? Perhaps there is NOT an issue outside England? And if no issue outside England why tar – at least by implication – all NHS organisations with the same brush?

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  3. The BritGov and their media hate the fact that there is actually no ‘UK NHS’ and they know that Scotland does not have ‘NHS trusts’. This is deliberate misinformation, and it’s indicative of the BritNat propaganda being used on the people of the ‘UK’. Can’t have the people of England knowing that their NHS is way underfunded, and being undermined by their government, the one they voted for. Can’t have the people of Scotland knowing that heir NHS is being invested in and performing pretty well against huge odds.
    So, all lumped in together, ask anyone on the streets if the NHS is all one organisation across the UK and they will say yes.

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  4. O/T Yesterday this site drew attention to the proposed UK-Australia trade deal and the concerns about its terms for Scotland’s agriculture sector.

    I commented btl on examples of other concerned commentators but also of an odd ‘silence’ on the subject. A quick search online today reveals more:

    From the Farming UK website today 19 May: ‘UK-Australia trade deal ‘must not disadvantage Welsh farmers’.

    Also from the Agriland news website today, 19 May: ‘Concerns over Australia trade deal are ‘well founded”.’

    And from Farming.co.uk yesterday: ‘Govt must stand up for UK farmers in Australia & NZ deals’.

    What about The Scottish Farmer – ‘‘supporting farmers in Scotland since 1893’!? Nothing yesterday on this topic and still nothing so far today.

    On an unrelated matter, a quick search of ‘political’ articles in The Scottish Farmer does seem to throw up quite a few featuring Scottish Tories.


  5. Not entirely OT, as correctly affixing responsibility in government, is essential to rescuing democracy from neo-liberalism.

    re. textual analysis. If a legal order hopes to be just, it needs to be able to link the worlds of biology and law, in a rational manner. Fortunately, when you combine the philosophy of science, the bio-cognitive sciences, linguistic theory, phenomenology, legal theory and stuff, you arrive at the semiotics of the law. Which is pretty much an essential legal skill when it comes to supporting material justice and sustainable public policy.

    Semiotics Inside-Out and/or Outside-In. How to Understand Everything and (with Luck) Influence People


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