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Whistleblowing – time to speak up?

Whistleblowing – time to speak up?

Emlyn Williams, a Partner at Weightmans LLP, considers the implications of Sir Robert Francis’ Independent Review into Whistleblowing within the NHS

Julie Price, Clinical Risk Manager at MPS

Prescribing – a risk for General practice

Prescribing isn’t getting any easier for GPs according to Clinical Risk Self Assessments conducted by the Medical Protection Society at more than 150 GP practices across the UK and Ireland.

Owen Willcox, Senior Associate with law firm TPP Law-Geldards

Do NHS Mutuals hold keys to more reform

Potentially far-reaching reforms to the NHS could result from an inquiry initiated by health minister Norman Lamb into how to spread employee participation and mutuals in the health sector, including acute hospitals, community services and foundation trusts.

Patient data

I rarely encounter a client who is not worried. It's part of my job as a lawyer, believe it or not, to try to calm my clients and allay their fears, and not simply extract cash from their wallets.

New guide launched to improve ethical standards in NHS purchasing

The BMA, in partnership with the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and the Department of Health, launched "Ethical Procurement for Health" a practical online toolkit to help UK health organisations improve the working conditions in which goods for the NHS are produced.

GP Consortia - get the structure right and enjoy the best of both worlds

The Health and Social Care Bill is working its way through Parliament. The current break in Parliamentary proceedings on the health bill has given an opportunity to 'pause' and listen to opinion on the reforms which will be far reaching. Phil Walton at Mundays Solicitors LLP looks at some of the potential implications.

Bruce Potter

GPs: both Commissioners and Providers?

The last few weeks have seen a sharp debate about how far GPs will be able to share profits made from improved GP Commissioning. Media stories of profit sharing structures with profits being creamed off by GPs and private sector partners have added fuel to the debate about the new role of GPs.

Mark Johnson

GP Consortia: avoid the traps ahead

How much do GPs now know about what's in store for them? Well, a fairly light touch approach to the running and governance of GP consortia is indicated by the Health and Social Care Bill - no minimum size is specified, no mandatory requirement to have a board or even to include patient representatives. Tougher regulations could follow.