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Martha’s Rule: giving patients a voice at last

There are three proposed components to Martha’s Rule. The Rule mandates that all staff in NHS trusts have 24/7 access to a rapid review from a critical care outreach team, which they can contact if...

NHS hospitals to adopt ‘Martha’s rule’ for granting urgent second opinion

Martha’s rule will allow patients and their loved ones to get a review of their condition and treatment directly from doctors and nurses not involved in the medical team treating them

The spotlight needs shining back on sepsis

A little over 10 years ago I worked with Dame Julie Mellor, the then Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO), on the report ‘A Time to Act’ which highlighted significant failings in the care...

New warning system introduced in NHS hospitals to prevent ‘avoidable’ child deaths

Health Minister Maria Caulfield said, ‘it’s vital to give parents a voice when it comes to the care of their child and so it will be reassuring to families that as part of this system, parents will be...

What nurses need to know about sepsis, and how to act

Sepsis remains one of the few disease processes that can kill a healthy adult in hours, but is still poorly understood by many

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