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.
Triggle, N. (2013). Was 2013 the NHS’s annus horriblis? London: BBC Health News, December 28th 2013.
Possibly of incidental, passing, interest:
Liam Fox calls for end to protection of NHS spending. London: BBC Health News, January 2nd 2014.
NHS groups seek ‘new page’ after scandals of 2013. London: BBC Health News, January 1st 2014.