Inquiry into Liverpool Community Health failures expected – BBC News

‘An independent inquiry into a failed NHS trust is expected to be announced later – amid concerns that 150 deaths were not properly investigated.’

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BBC News, 6th June 2019

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Medical watchdog GMC needs to regain trust of doctors, finds review – The Guardian

‘The General Medical Council must fundamentally reform to regain the trust of the doctors it regulates and end their “toxic fear” of reprisals if they make mistakes, says a hard-hitting report.’

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The Guardian, 6th June 2019

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Mental health hospital where patients were secluded in unfurnished, unsafe rooms, rated inadequate by watchdog – The Independent

‘Vulnerable patients at one of England’s largest charity-run mental health hospitals were kept in unsafe seclusion rooms for excessive amounts of time and without beds, blankets or pillows, a damning report has found. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated adolescent mental health services at St Andrew’s Healthcare hospital in Northampton ”inadequate”.’

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The Independent, 6th June 2019

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NHS and care regulator missed care home abuse of vulnerable patients on multiple occasions – The Independent

‘Health watchdogs had no concerns on multiple visits to a private hospital at the centre of a police investigation into the abuse of patients in the months after it had been inspected, The Independent has learnt.’

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The Independent, 23rd May 2019

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‘Broken’ care system for most vulnerable – BBC News

‘Patients with mental health problems, autism and learning disabilities are being let down by a “broken” care system, a report warns.’

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BBC News, 21st May 2019

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CQC rebuked for failure to prosecute charity over care home abuse – The Guardian

‘The health and social care regulator has been heavily criticised for issuing only a fixed penalty notice to a charity that ran a care home where autistic people were taunted, bullied and humiliated.’

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The Guardian, 10th March 2019

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Shropshire baby deaths: Families could pull out of inquiry – BBC News

‘Families who have alleged failings at an NHS trust could pull out of an inquiry into their babies’ deaths.’

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BBC News, 28th February 2019

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Hundreds of deaths under review at London NHS hospital where whistleblower was mailed dead animal – The Independent

‘The deaths of up to 250 patients after heart surgery at an NHS hospital wracked with internal staff disputes and quality issues are under review by regulators. An independent panel has been set up to examine the treatment of every cardiac surgery patient who died between April 2013 and September 2018 at St George’s University Hospital Foundation Trust in London.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2019

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SRA “not sufficiently transparent” in explaining decisions – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is “not sufficiently transparent” in explaining its decisions at board level, the Legal Services Board (LSB) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 15th January 2019

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NHS bosses failed to act over scandal-hit hospital where there were nearly 300 unexpected deaths, report finds – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 19th, 2018 in hospitals, news, quality assurance, standards, statistics by sally

‘NHS bosses failed to act over a scandal-hit hospital where there were nearly 300 unexpected deaths, a report has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th November 2018

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LSB to monitor advocacy standards as QASA is finally killed off – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 23rd, 2018 in advocacy, barristers, Legal Services Board, news, quality assurance by sally

‘The controversial Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) has been formally consigned to the history books for barristers – though oversight regulator the Legal Services Board (LSB) has pledged to keep a watchful eye on advocacy standards.

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LAw Society's Gazette, 20th August 2018

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BSB will be “held to account” over poor criminal advocacy – Legal Futures

Posted August 17th, 2018 in advocacy, barristers, news, quality assurance, standards by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) was told yesterday that it will be held to account over how it deals with poor-quality criminal advocacy.’

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Legal Futures, 17th August 2018

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BSB explains how it assures competence at the Bar – Bar Standards Board

‘Following its decision last year not to implement the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published more detail about how it assures the competence of barristers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 5th July 2018

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Law Society to introduce training quality committee in wake of setbacks – Legal Futures

Posted January 15th, 2018 in Law Society, legal education, news, quality assurance, trainee solicitors by sally

‘The Law Society is to launch a new ‘quality and standards in education’ committee, after a year in which its training arrangements have come under sustained pressure.’

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Legal Futures, 12th January 2018

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Death of QASA could be “turning point” for regulation of barristers, Bar leader says – Legal Futures

Posted December 13th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, news, quality assurance by sally

‘The decision of the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to withdraw from the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) could be a “turning point” in the regulation of barristers, the in-coming chair of the Bar Council has said.’

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Legal Futures, 13th December 2017

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Cancer x-ray services to be reviewed after serious diagnostic failures – The Guardian

Posted December 1st, 2017 in cancer, hospitals, news, quality assurance by tracey

‘Inspectors have launched a national review into radiology services in the NHS after it emerged patients came to “significant harm” at a hospital where junior doctors were left to interpret chest x-rays, including those for suspected cancer.’

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The Guardian, 1st December 2017

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Six years after it was due to begin, BSB pulls the plug on QASA – Legal Futures

Posted November 29th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, news, quality assurance by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board effectively killed the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) today – six years after it was meant to come into force – by saying it was pulling out to go in a different direction to assure the quality of criminal advocates.’

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Legal Futures, 29th November 2017

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ASA puts onus on law firms to stop using Law Society’s “misleading” CQS claim – Legal Futures

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in advertising, law firms, Law Society, misrepresentation, news, quality assurance by sally

‘All of the 3,000 law firms accredited under the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) need to ensure they are not using in their own marketing the society’s description of the scheme that was yesterday ruled to be misleading, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd November 2017

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NHS patients going blind and missing cancer treatments due to hospital failings, report finds – The Independent

Posted October 5th, 2017 in health, hospitals, news, quality assurance, reports by tracey

‘Patients in Cornwall died after waiting too long for heart treatment, while others were left to go blind, according to a damning report. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found patients waiting too long for treatment and suffering harm as a result, operations being cancelled, including for cancer, patients with sepsis not receiving antibiotics in time and a sewage problem in a bathroom not being dealt with for more than three years.’

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The Independent, 5th October 2017

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Access to justice charity calls for profession to certify quality of public legal education – Legal Futures

‘The profession should play an active role in certifying the quality of public legal information (PLE) so as to help people identify whether they have legal problems, according to the head of an access to justice charity.’

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Legal Futures, 25th July 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk