Still doing the system’s business

John Illingworth

Twelve years ago I received a phone call. I was working for a national body responsible for investigating concerns about serious care failures. The caller suspected that people with learning disabi...

184 and counting…

John Illingworth

Achieving cultural change will take more than a list of initiatives. In his statement to parliament on Wednesday (9 March), the Secretary of State for Health remarked that there are two importan...

Does the Lefroy Bill ring a bell?

John Illingworth

It went unnoticed in most quarters, but today the Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Bill passed through parliament. This Private Member’s Bill was put forward by Jeremy Lefroy MP, whos...

And our survey says…

John Illingworth

It has been just over a year since Professor Don Berwick produced his review of patient safety in England. The review offered a distinct shift in emphasis from the focus of the Francis Inquiry. Mos...

Francis: A year on

John Illingworth

Today marks a year since the publication of the Francis report. And on the face of it, much appears to have happened. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has developed a new approach to regulation an...

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