Where the Political Parties stand on Issues affecting Clinical NegligenceMay 11, 2010
We all wait for a decision on whether an agreement can be reached in this uncertain time. Here is a summary on how each of the parties stand on issues affecting clinical negligence.
Conservatives say they will:
• replace the Human Rights Act with a UK Bill of Rights
• conduct reviews of family law, legal aid, and libel laws
• make the performance of the NHS totally transparent by publishing information about the kind of results that healthcare providers are achieving, so there is no hiding place for failure
• reduce box-ticking and process targets
• fight hospital infections by providing more single rooms
Labour say they will:
• ensure all hospitals are clean and safe for both patients and staff
• every patient will be screened for MRSA
• establish national standards of infection control but get tougher each year
• the safety regulator will have the power to close wards, impose fines or order cleaning wherever necessary.
Liberal Democrats say they will
• establish a working group to determine appropriate levels of financial assistance for people affected by contamination of blood products with HIV.
• introduce a series of reforms to improve patient safety
• require hospitals to be open about mistakes, and always tell patients if something has gone wrong
• make it illegal for a Local Health Board to allow a doctor to work in the UK without passing robust language and competence tests.
Suzanne is a Partner and is head of the clinical negligence department.