Change The Way Hospitals Investigate All Serious Incidents involving Death and Harm
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Meet Jessica Rae Rudland; my daughter described as a ♥ Social Butterfly ♥ by her friends. Very intelligent, bright and bubbly and loves all animals. On Sunday the 2nd August 2015 our beautiful daughter visited the local A & E Department at The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust. She was, short of breath, and had a persistent cough. There was also a prominent bulging vein on the right side of her neck that looked to be racing.
I am human, I do care, this is not a witchhunt
As a member of the public, a parent who has enormous respect for doctors and nurses, concerns and questions raised after a serious incident where severe harm or death has occurred are met with denials, obstruction and no respect for the duty of candour. I hope one day this can change, there is much discussion online, especially Twitter all about #patientsafety and many organisations profess to support 'openness and transparency' when things go wrong.
Our experience is they do not, we are no longer in the minority either. Many people share the same experience we have endured. It's time for a change.
The changes we propose
SIRI's must never be conducted internally, by colleagues or anyone who has a conflict of interest within the same NHS organisation where the incident occurred.
As in maternity deaths, there is hope new laws will force NHS healthcare providers to independently investigate serious incidents in the future. Our hope is this will be enforced broadly.
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