Review of the NHS in 2013: a Year of Landmark Reports and Reforms (BBC News)


This BBC News article provides a handy recap of the important changes announced for the NHS during this year, as marked by a succession of ground-breaking reports:

February 2013: The Francis Inquiry into the Stafford Hospital scandal. The government commissioned four reviews into mortality rates, healthcare assistants, patient safety and complaints handling (see below).

July 2013: The review by NHS England medical director Prof Sir Bruce Keogh into 14 trusts with the highest mortality rates.

July 2013: The Cavendish Review into healthcare assistants and the need for mandatory training of the workforce.

August 2013: The review by Prof. Don Berwick calling for patient safety to be a priority in the NHS.

October 2013: The review led by Labour MP Ann Clywd into NHS complaints handling found a culture of delay and denial.

November 2013: The Government’s response to the Francis Inquiry – and the subsequent reviews – offering the official blueprint for profound transformations including safe staffing levels and new standards for healthcare assistants.

November 2013: NHS England’s review of urgent and emergency care, proposing a two-tier A&E system with 40 to 70 Major Emergency Centres.

December 2013: NHS England’s vision for seven-day working in the NHS, with better access to diagnostics and consultants at weekends.

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Triggle, N. (2013). Was 2013 the NHS’s annus horriblis? London: BBC Health News, December 28th 2013.

Possibly of incidental, passing, interest:

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Liam Fox calls for end to protection of NHS spending. London: BBC Health News, January 2nd 2014.

See also:

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NHS groups seek ‘new page’ after scandals of 2013. London: BBC Health News, January 1st 2014.

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