By John Kapp, MBCT course facilitator and patient representative. Former Secretary of Mindfulness Interest Network (MIN) Sussex. Former Local Involvement Network (LINK) member for Sussex on the National Association of LINk Members (NALM) representing Sussex. Secretary of SECTCo (Social Enterprise Complementary Therapy Company, www.sectco.org ).
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Press release 22.2.13
REFORM OF NHS POST FRANCIS AND LSE REPORTS
I have just written to the chairman of the Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Board (Cllr Rob Jarrett) and other members and officers, asking him to consider improving the regulatory system to prevent the failure in Mid Staffs hospital in which hundreds of patients died, as reported in the Francis report in mid Feb.
The new regulatory body to prevent this sort of occurrence is called Healthwatch, (HW) and takes over from the Local Involvement Network (LINk) on 1.4.13. The local LINk failed as a watchdog (gamekeeper, whistleblower) because its constitution (terms of reference) allowed its governing body to be packed with employees of provider (poacher) organisations who had an undisclosed conflict of financial interest in not blowing the whistle on their employer, to keep their jobs.
I submitted to Cllr Jarrett a proposed constitution which specifically excludes employees of providers (poachers) from membership of HW, and hence from being officers of HW. I also proposed a model constitution (terms of reference) for each of the 47 Patient Participation Groups in the city, who report to HW. This constitution enables the patients of the PPG to hold their officers and GPs to account in improving the services. These documents are available on request from me.
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