'How NHS trusts investigate and learn from deaths' CQC Review - In the Media


We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who has joined this group so far. We are really looking forward to working with you all and are really pleased with the interest the review is generating around this important subject.

Here's an update on what the media has said about our review.

BBC News online “NHS deaths to be investigated after man drowned in bath” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36023765

Portsmouth News “South Health scandal prompts CQC review into how the NHS learns from deaths” http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/health/south-health-scandal-prompts-cqc-review-into-how-how-the-nhs-learns-from-deaths-1-7325735

National Health Executive “CQC to carry out inspections of how trusts learn from deaths” http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/News/cqc-to-carry-out-review-of-how-trusts-learn-from-deaths

Open Democracy UK “On Connor Sparrowhawk’s avoidable death” https://www.opendemocracy.net/uk/shinealight/clare-sambrook/on-connor-sparrowhawk-s-avoidable-death




Investigation Report

Brian Finney's picture

There is a litigation side to investigations. I take the view that if someone has suffered a loss then they should be able to seek redress - regardless of if its public funds or private company. The extent of compensation payments also serve as a performance measure for Trusts etc. I suspect it already does with NHS Litigation Authority premiums that Trusts pay.

Hospitals and others have no duty to provide the relatives of a deceased person with information to allow them to bring a case; therefore the CQC needs to produce a purely factual report of the serious incident that the relatives thro their Solicitor can request. The CQC may also produce an opinion based report for their own use which is not available to the relatives - the relatives getting their own Expert Witness to produce an Opinion based upon the facts provided.


Learning from deaths

RW 86's picture

My view is that blatant incompetence does warrant compensation and should be pursued in the strongest terms, but where a genuine mistake has been made, the emphasis should be on investigating the matter with a view to improving procedures rather than deciding how much to award.  

My view is that there is often too great an expectation that seriously ill patients will always be cured.