AVMA award for Patient Safety and Justice

Although it was an honour to recieve the award I also reminded the audience that patient safety statistics tell us that incidents have increased and not reduced as we would have hoped.

It was lovely to meet other campaigners at the event that I hadnt met before. I met with Will Powell who has battled for justice over the death of his dear son Robbie for many years. A brave man and all he wanted when he lost his son was the truth. Not much to ask is it when you loose your child through an error. Instead he was faced with denial and a cover up. To this day his battle continues, his strength inspires me to battle on myself.

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6 Comments on "AVMA award for Patient Safety and Justice"

  • Dear Julie,

    Congratulations on your award and thank you so very much for your very kind comments and support regarding Robbie’s case. It is very difficult to understand why securing the truth after the unnecessary death of your child, at the hands of negligent doctors, would not already be our fundamental right, as parents, let alone our legal right.

    Please keep up your excellent work and camapigning for Patient Safety and Justice.

    Best wishes.

    Will Powell x

    • Thayse says

      As a nurse I have seen first hand over the last 10 years how the NHS has changed for the worse. What is neeedd is to stop the blame game and to start looking forward. Most managers in the NHS are good at their jobs but are restricted in a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing.The NHS has changed dramatically from its original purpose and thats a great thing, but staff everywhere are feeling de motivated and put upon, to the point of near burn out.The NHS is in drastic need of reform but the way in which its gone about is completly wrong, cuts are made on a reactive basis without the concequences being considered whilst obvious ways to save and even bring in revenue are ignored because they dont have immediate results.We almost need to wipe the slate clean and start again. Managers front line staff and patients of all professions within the NHS need to be involved from cleaners to paramedics, Doctors and Managers and Nurses and HCAs as well as the patients and politicians and this needs to be a process without political gain, impossible I know but I can dream!

  • Maria Spain says

    Dear Julie, Today for the first time ever I turned on my television in the morning. I do not know what prompted me to do this as I do not watch very much television and never in the morning. I watched you talking on the programme that was on BBC1 at 8.00. I was absolutely rivited by your clear calm and concise explanation of the dreadful situations patients have to endure.

    I had a traumatic experience when my mother was hospitalised. The loss of faith in the NHS began at this time and as you describe, it was impossible to achieve any help, sympathy or understanding. One of the experiences was so frightening that the nurses on night duty were traumatised to the point of handing in their notice. I was actually in a ward myself, in isolation, so I was a witness to what took place. I had caught a serious illness whilst visiting hospital which rendered me very sick. My mother was in the ward next to where I was, when this was happening and I was terrified for her safety. Although I was attached to drips etc., I was considering intervening.

    I have always felt unable to stand up for my mother who later died. She was herself a trained nurse and at the age of ninety was not treated with dignity. She was of the ‘old school’ and would never make a fuss. She did say to me, sadly, if any one of her patients had incurred a pressure sore, or bruising, the nurses in her hospital, where she trained and practiced, would have been put on a charge,

    Her story was extremely heartbreaking and it was only when, finally for her last few days of life, we took her to a private ‘Hospice Nursing Home’, she was finally treated with dignity and respect. She was a ‘lady’ and I wish I could have eased her last few months.

    If you would like me to give a full account for your research, I would be happy to do so, in the vain hope that I could perhaps help someone else by my story.

    Thank you most sincerely for your work. Maria Spain

  • adam says

    Question?
    Unfortunately I have to be away for some weeks and want to understand but will not have time to read every word. My quesiton is amoung those who died, has your campagne anything to do with: withdrawal of food, sedation and morphine. And can you say so somewhere examples or are you including all deaths?
    My mother died from the above which has the distracting name of Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP). The denial, cover up and all that went on seems similar to your cause but I want to give my details to some org like yours but don’t know how to work the web to find out. Do you know of an ‘active’ campagne for aggrieved families where LCP was used, WITHOUT consent? I don’t want to waste your time and would prefer to go for the biggest numbers. Can you help? Are you involved with the LCP Review with Julie Neuberger, house of Lords appointed 15 Jan 2013 (very supportive of McMillan nurses for her father) and Jo Black of Dying Matters which is the lead charity of the National Councial of Palliative Care (NCPC),to do with ‘founding’ the LCP. This selection is odd and if someone clever on the web at Cure the NHS could follow up these two parties to confirm whether the biais is pro LCP or not. Time is of the essence. Thank you.

  • jon hart says

    Dear Julie,
    Having had experience of being a medical professional, patient and the relative of an elderly patient, I wholly understand and support your campaign. The attitude and practice of some(too many) professionals in the NHS can be awful and getting redress extremely difficult.
    Your award is richly deserved and I personally applaud and thank you for what you have done. Whatever new regulatory measures are brought in, I feel there will be a continuing need for organised patient group pressure, perhaps along the lines of the Consumer Association,” Which,” but NHS focused. Incidentally, I found the PALS to be unhelpfull.
    All of us, including nurses, doctors and managers, will be patients at some point.With the
    current state of the NHS we should all be very worried and as tax payers very angry.
    Best wishes
    Jon

  • eileen kirk says

    Dear Julie,
    If anyone deserves an award for Patient Safety and Justice, it’s you! (I’ve only recently become aware of it). However, I thought our experience with AVMA, in 2006, would be of interest to you. Our daughter and granddaughter died on Cup Final Day 2005, at Sherwood Birthing Unit, King’s Mill Hospital. Seven weeks later on 12-7-05, an inqest returned a verdict of accidental death.
    We approached a recommended Notts. solicitor in August 05, who, after receiving an independent obstetric report in Jan. 06 asked, “Would you like tea, coffe, or champagne?” However, after receiving an independent anaestetist report,in July 06, he did a U turn. He advised me, over the phone, our daughter had been unfortunate. We’d proved there’d been delays and substandard care, but couldn’t prove they contributed to her death! We were crushed.
    We contacted AVMA in Oct. 06, but unfortunately, our former solicitor was one of their most experienced referral panel members.
    AVMA felt our legal advice had been right. We were crushed again – but gut instinct made us fight on alone, Five years later, the Ombudsman upheld our complaints, but you have to question, why our former solicitor couldn’t find a way forward,when we could.The more you delve, the muddier the waters become.
    I still have the 2009 Daily Mail paper, which featured Will Powell’s epic fight for his lost son Robbie. The article mentioned also, that unlike doctors throughout Europe, there is no duty of candour for British doctors! A licence to cover-up then.
    It’s to be hoped, the NHS culture of denial is on it’s way out, but I’m not holding breath.
    All Good Wishes
    to an exceptional lady,
    From Eileen Kirk.

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