Health insurance ranked second most desirable benefit

Health insurance is now the most popular workplace benefit after contributory pension schemes, according to the 2016 Willis PMI Group Employee Benefits Index. The index, which explores attitudes to employee benefits among workers in the UK, found that 40% ranked health insurance among their top…...

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Responsible Officers – one size fits all, or does it?

The National Conference for Responsible Officers attracted 400 Responsible Officers (ROs), including the majority of those from the larger designated bodies in the independent sector. The plenary session included addresses from Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director NHS England; and Professor David Haslam, chair of NICE. I delivered a plenary message about Whole Practice Appraisal, namely that the independent sector must see NHS undertakings to compare with a consultants private undertakings, for example to confirm that they are practising within an appropriate scope of practice.

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Independent Sector Complaints Adjudication Service (ISCAS); highlights from the year Annual Report 2013

This is the 13th year of ISCAS, originally formed in response to a report by the Health Select Committee, and developed on best practice with external adjudication by an independent body which enables both complainants and healthcare providers (ISCAS members) to find closure of otherwise intractable complaints.

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Marketing rules tightened

The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) recently issued a radically revised Help Note on Cosmetic Interventions, following the Keogh Review’s remarks on the laxity of practices in this sector. IHAS welcomes the new stringency and was pleased to advise on their formulation.

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Medical revalidation, a progress report by Sally Taber

Sir Keith Pearson, chair of the Revalidation Implementation Advisery Board, has a strong message for providers’ management boards throughout the UK – medical revalidation is your business’. He wants on every Board agenda a report from the responsible officer setting out progress towards the 100% medical revalidation target. Revalidation implementation is still in its early months and one needs to be cautious about drawing conclusions about its progress. In England 20,379 recommendations were received to the GMC by 8 September 2013 from a total for the cycle of 230,999 doctors - a rate of 8.8% of numbers of doctors to be revalidated.

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Accountability reigns

Following Winterbourne View there must be robust consequences for Boards of directors where the organisation they lead fails to give proper care. The Department of Health (DH) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) committed to examine what powers they had to bring about those robust consequences, and what could be done to strengthen what they have. The Francis report, following Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, highlighted that all directors of bodies coming under CQC should be fit and proper persons’, and powers of interventions be given to CQC if they were not. The DH considered additional prosecution powers. Norman Lamb MP, Minister for Care and Support, then consulted the opinion of interested parties on the combined proposals, including the independent healthcare sector, perhaps conscious that there is also much good experience to be garnered from the healthcare world. He proposed that there should be a new registration requirement covering the fitness of directors of Boards; and to improve the way existing sanctions are used to prosecute providers who failed to give proper care.

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Whistleblowing at work, by Sally Taber

The recent events at Morecambe Bay, Winterbourne View and Mid Staffordshire (amongst others), show a recurring theme; people witnessed wrongdoing and tried to speak up, but were ignored, gagged or bullied into silence. Under the Public Interest Disclosure Act (PIDA) of 1998, individuals making a disclosure in good faith are protected from any consequences suffered as a result of their disclosure. In light of the above scandals, it is clear that PIDA has not worked. In February 2013, Public Concern at Work (PCaW) established a Whistleblowing Commission to examine existing provisions for whistleblowers and how these could be updated to amend PIDA’s shortfalls. IHAS has examined the material published by PCaW, and has identified a number of flaws and omissions in current whistleblowing legislation, as stated in the IHAS response to the PCaW consultation.

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