Mayor gets tough on defaulting developers

first_imgEmail Twitter Advertisement NewsLocal NewsMayor gets tough on defaulting developersBy admin – October 8, 2009 534 Previous articleDeath of missionary priest, Father Aengus FinucaneNext article‘Grieving by appointment’ at Croagh cemetery admin Linkedincenter_img Facebook Print WhatsApp MAYOR Kevin Kiely, has asked that “no further planning applications be accepted from developers who have not completed previously developed sites. He revealed that there are 92 city housing developments which remain uncompleted.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We’re talking about unfinished pathways, sewerage piping, lighting, etc, etc, and we keep finding that it’s the same developers that are responsible for a number of developments,” he said.“A few weeks ago, one of these people submitted another application for a further housing development – I’m strongly recommending that this be sent back to him”.Referring to the Stenson Park development which dates back to 1975, the mayor said that despite repeated calls on City Hall officials to “go after the developer” to bring up to standard, broken footpaths, potholed roads etc,” the estate is still officially not completed.“There’s a moral responsibility on these developers – they should not be allowed any new planning permissions”.The mayor’s notice of motion was seconded by Cllr Jim Long.Pointing out that the city council does have the power to refuse an application on the basis of the past history of a developer in not completing estates to standard, director of services, Oliver O’Loughlin, said that it has used that authority on occasion.“We will, however, have further protection shortly, under a  new Bill,” he told the mayor.last_img read more

Calls made to retain Lettermacaward Post Office

first_img By News Highland – April 21, 2014 Previous articlePSNI appeal for information regarding missing Omagh teenagerNext articleAnother frustrating draw for Derry News Highland Twitter Google+ Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Calls made to retain Lettermacaward Post Officecenter_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Calls have been made on the Minister for Communication, Energy & Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte to keep the Lettermacaward Post Office open.In a letter sent to the Minister by Councillor Terence Slowey he pointed out that Doochary and Fintown Post Offices had closed in recent years.He also informed the Minister that a number of local people had shown expressions of interest in providing postal services after the Postmaster retires.And Cllr Slowey says that the people of Lettermacaward would have to travel long distances to Dungloe or Glenties, and it would impact greatly on the community, particularly the elderly……….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/terence.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic last_img read more

705 Covid fines in Donegal since the pandemic began

first_img Google+ 705 Covid fines in Donegal since the pandemic began Pinterest Over 3,000 fines have been issued to people organising or attending house parties during the pandemic, with just over 13,000 fines of €100 issued for non essential travel.Gardai have handed out a total of 18,125 fines for various Covid breaches.In the North Western region, 4,040 fines have been handed out, 705 of them in the Donegal Division. Over the past week, the number of fines issued in Donegal was 55. Previous articleOllie Horgan hoping reality doesn’t hit at DroghedaNext articleDerry City focused on Waterford and first win News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter By News Highland – April 1, 2021 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty center_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Homepage BannerNews Twitter Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Local club pleads with group of youths to stop trespassing

first_img Could Donegal supporters be in Armagh on Saturday Local club pleads with group of youths to stop trespassing News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Google+ Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AudioHomepage BannerNewsSport Facebook Facebook Previous articleSaolta recruiting staff across North West to join vaccination teamNext articleTwo more deaths and 138 new Covid cases in NI News Highland center_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter By News Highland – March 1, 2021 Pinterest The Coach and Secretary of Killea FC is pleading with a group of youths in the area to stop playing football on the grounds. The pitch is said to be destroyed as a result of the on-going issue and with the club closed under Level 5, those responsible are trespassing on the facility.It’s understood that the group is not connected to the club.While it’s hoped that football training may resume next month, the current condition of the pitch is said to be unfit for use.Seamus Canning made the appeal on today’s Nine Til Noon Show:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/killeaFC1pm-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODAlast_img read more

United Way fund-raising campaign gets under way in county

first_imgLatest Stories Email the author By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By The Penny Hoarder Published 10:25 pm Monday, October 6, 2008 Skip Sponsored Content Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… United Way fund-raising campaign gets under way in county The 2009 Pike County United Way campaign is under way and businesses are being contacted to enlist continued support and generate new support for the countywide fundraising campaign.“The major portion of the dollars that are raised comes through our local business and their payroll deduction plans,” said Jim Medley of Brundidge, chairman of the Pike County United Way.“We depend on our businesses for support. Wal-Mart is already into its fundraising campaign at both the Troy store and the Brundidge distribution center. Wal-Mart generously matches dollar for dollar what their employees contribute. Wal-Mart is just one of the many Pike County businesses that help to make our United Way campaign a success.” Medley said the success of the campaign is important because of the 15 Pike County agencies that are helped through the annual fundraising efforts.“The first agency that comes to mind is the Troy Charity League because of the important work that those members have been doing for so many years,” he said. “Every year, they conduct hearing and screening checks in all the schools and identify children who can’t hear or see as well as they should. This is a very valuable service and the biggest part of the Charity League’s funding comes from the Pike County United Way.”Medley said East Central Mental Health is another agency that benefits greatly from United Way funds. Book Nook to reopen “They have their programs and services and they help a lot of people,” he said. “But they use the funds they get from United Way as seed money for the grants they receive. Through grants, one dollar can be turned into three. That’s the value of the United Way dollars for East Central Mental Health.”Medley also pointed to the local Red Cross as an agency that has greatly benefited from the United Way.“At one time, there was thought of closing the Pike County branch but, because of strong leadership and the support of the United Way, our local branch now services Pike and surrounding counties,” he said. “That’s just a few examples of the way United Way is serving the people of Pike County.”Other local agencies that are served by the Pike County United Way are the Salvation Army, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Pike County Firefighters Association, Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Colley Senior Complex, Easter Seals, House of Ruth, Pike County 4-H, Pike County Humane Society and RSVP. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “We will be more than happy to visit businesses or organizations to talk to them about the United Way and how their donations help many people right here at home,” Medley said.Tonya Gibson, executive director of the Pike County United Way, will make as many personal contacts with business owners and individuals as possible to invite them to be a part of the success of the 2009 Pike County United Way campaign.Those who would like to contribute to the campaign but don’t have the opportunity through a payroll deduction plan, may do so by mailing a check made payable to Pike County United Way, P.O. Box 204, Troy, AL 36081.For more information, call Medley at 735-3538 or Gibson at 566-5080. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like Local Habitat in the running for $1000s Habitat for Humanity International is in the running for the big bucks and has as good a chance as any… read more Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Phoenix police arrest former nurse after woman in vegetative state gives birth

first_imgKuzma/iStock(PHOENIX) — Police in Arizona have made an arrest in connection with a woman who gave birth to a baby boy while in a vegetative state.The 36-year-old suspect, Nathan Sutherland, was arrested after investigators obtained a DNA sample Tuesday, according to the Phoenix Police Department. Police said that they had determined that his DNA matched the baby’s DNA and he was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on Tuesday after being charged with one count of vulnerable adult abuse and one count of sexual assault.Authorities said he was responsible for caring for the woman at the time of the alleged abuse that appears to have resulted in the pregnancy.Sutherland had been a licensed practical nurse at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix since 2011, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department announced in a press conference Wednesday.He was identified as a person who had access to the victim in the case, and investigators obtained a DNA sample from him yesterday using a court order, police said. Sutherland was not working at the center at the time police retrieved the evidence.After the birth, Hacienda Healthcare released a statement describing the incident as “deeply disturbing,” saying it would fully cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation.Sources told Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO, which first reported the incident, that the woman had been a patient at the facility for at least 10 years after a near-drowning incident left her in a vegetative state. None of the staff was aware that she was pregnant, a source told the station.After the patient gave birth, the facility was mandated to increase security and staff presence during interaction with patients and increase monitoring of patient care areas, the Arizona state Department of Health Services told ABC Phoenix affiliate KNXV earlier this month.Additionally, another person is required to be in the room when male health-care aides provide treatment to female patients.It was not immediately clear whether Sutherland has retained a defense attorney.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Specification of the near-Earth space environment with SHIELDS

first_imgPredicting variations in the near-Earth space environment that can lead to spacecraft damage and failure is one example of “space weather” and a big space physics challenge. A project recently funded through the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program aims at developing a new capability to understand, model, and predict Space Hazards Induced near Earth by Large Dynamic Storms, the SHIELDS framework. The project goals are to understand the dynamics of the surface charging environment (SCE), the hot (keV) electrons representing the source and seed populations for the radiation belts, on both macro- and micro-scale. Important physics questions related to particle injection and acceleration associated with magnetospheric storms and substorms, as well as plasma waves, are investigated. These challenging problems are addressed using a team of world-class experts in the fields of space science and computational plasma physics, and state-of-the-art models and computational facilities. A full two-way coupling of physics-based models across multiple scales, including a global MHD (BATS-R-US) embedding a particle-in-cell (iPIC3D) and an inner magnetosphere (RAM-SCB) codes, is achieved. New data assimilation techniques employing in situ satellite data are developed; these provide an order of magnitude improvement in the accuracy in the simulation of the SCE. SHIELDS also includes a post-processing tool designed to calculate the surface charging for specific spacecraft geometry using the Curvilinear Particle-In-Cell (CPIC) code that can be used for reanalysis of satellite failures or for satellite design.last_img read more

Postdoctoral Fellow

first_imgFounded in 1943 and a Johns Hopkins division since 1950, The PaulH. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the JohnsHopkins University (SAIS) has been educating global leaders foralmost 60 years. As a highly selective graduate institution with adistinguished faculty, SAIS consistently ranks as one of the topschools of international relations in the world. SAIS was foundedto provide a practical approach to training students ininternational leadership and foreign relations, and to providemid-career educational opportunities for those already working inrelated fields. Today, SAIS offers the M.A., M.I.P.P., and Ph.D.degrees and enrolls some 700 full-time students on the Washington,DC campus, 190 students at the SAIS Center in Bologna, Italy, andabout 180 Chinese and international students at the Hopkins-NanjingCenter in Nanjing, China.The Postdoctoral FellowshipThe School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns HopkinsUniversity invites applications for a 1-year postdoctoralfellowship (renewable for a second year) in Washington, DC toconduct research on climate policy and teach related classes.The fellow will conduct individual and collaborative research underthe Energy, Resources, and Environment (ERE) program and theInitiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP). Tasks includeteaching one Masters-level seminar per semester, supporting ERE andISEP grant applications, and participating in collaborativeresearch with ERE faculty. The position will leave plenty of roomfor individual research on climate policy and offers an outstandingopportunity to turn doctoral research into publishable articlesand/or books.About Prof. UrpelainenView Prof. Urpelainen’s biography at https://www.sais-jhu.edu/users/jurpela1 About Johns Hopkins SAISVisit the SAIS website at http://www.sais-jhu.edu/About EREVisit the ERE website at http://www.sais-jhu.edu/content/energy-resources-and-environment About ISEPVisit the ISEP website at http://www.sais-isep.orgApplicants should have completed their Ph.D. requirements by thestart date, but applicants close to completion will also beconsidered. Applicants should have experience with research onclimate policy (mitigation and adaptation). Applicants from allsocial sciences are welcome, but preference will be given tocandidates with a Ph.D. in political science, economics, and publicpolicy. Interdisciplinary research experience is highlypreferred.Start date : July 1, 2019 (FLEXIBLE)Location : Washington, DC.Duration of position: 12 months from the start date,renewable for 2nd year based on good performanceCompensation $55,000-$57,000 /yearReview of applications for a postdoctoral fellow will beginimmediately.Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, currentCurriculum Vitae outlining the applicant’s experience andpublications, and a list of three academic references.Review of applications will continue until the position isfilled.The successful candidate for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.To submit an application, click on the blue Apply Now buttonin the Application Process box to the right of thescreen.For additional information, email Prof. Urpelainen at [email protected] . Please place“Postdoctoral Fellow Application” in the subject line.The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfmlast_img read more

2021 could be record breaking year for RV shipments

first_img 2021 could be record breaking year for RV shipments Facebook (Sam Householder/Elkhart Truth) The latest projection from ITR Economics says that 2021 could be record breaking for shipments. As it stands, even with the pandemic, 2020 could finish as the 4th best year ever as well.This year the projected shipments total will fall somewhere between 414 and 433-thousand shipments. That would mark an increase of at least 4% from last year. As far as 2021 goes they are forecasting up to 515-thousand total shipments, which would shatter the current record of 504-thousand that was set in 2017.The Elkhart Truth says the industry continues to be driven by strong consumer demand. Facebook Google+ By Carl Stutsman – December 2, 2020 0 260 Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Google+ Pinterest IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Previous articleAs patients skip screenings, doctors warn of ‘late-stage cancer pandemic’Next articleSt. Joseph County COVID-19 testing moving to fairgrounds Carl Stutsmanlast_img read more

Speech: Getting the right leadership is vital for patient safety

first_imgThat’s what I want to see. That’s the approach we’ll be taking in our new patient safety strategy.Creating a more just culture in the NHS, a more open, honest and trustworthy culture, starts at the top. Getting the right leadership is vital. We need more people with clinical backgrounds and more people from outside the NHS.We need to ensure they get the right support, training and development so they can lead their organisations effectively and create the right culture for staff and patients.How do we strengthen this leadership? How do we encourage more inspirational leaders into the NHS? And how do we ensure we can hold to account that leadership once in place?First, and perhaps counter intuitively, I think we must cut the turnover rate at the top. To improve leadership in the NHS we must fire fewer people and attract the best talent. NHS leaders have some of the toughest ‒ yet most rewarding ‒ jobs in the country. So let’s support them to do the job they need to do ‒ and that will encourage more to step up.Next, we need to have a better structure, both to support and hold to account. Today we’re publishing Tom Kark’s review into how we can improve NHS leadership. I’d like to thank Tom for his work on this and I welcome his recommendations.Kark recommends that all directors must meet minimum competency standards to sit on the board of any health organisation, and where training is needed to meet those new standards, then it should be made availableHe also recommends a central directors’ database where information about qualifications and employment history can be easily accessedThese new recommendations will ensure the fit and proper persons test is met and that unqualified or unsuitable staff can’t just move somewhere else in the NHS. We accept these recommendations in full and will get on with implementing them immediately.I’ve asked Dido Harding to consider the further recommendations, and how we can implement these recommendations, throughout the health service.Third, we’re working with the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch and NHS Improvement to give more support to families when things go wrong.A new family engagement model will ensure relatives play an integral part in any investigation, that their concerns, and their complaints, are listened to and acted on.Nobody should feel like they’re being fobbed off or a nuisance. We must give families all the information in an open and transparent way. And ensure they’re treated with sensitivity and compassion before, during and after any investigation.That’s the same approach we’ll be taking when independent medical examiners start being introduced across England from April. Every death will be scrutinised by either a coroner or a medical examiner.Medical examiners will be someone bereaved families can talk to about their concerns. They will ensure investigations take place when necessary, help detect and deter criminal activity, and promote good practice.This new system will be overseen by a new independent National Medical Examiner. And training will take place to ensure a consistency of approach and a record of scrutiny.Finally, we need to encourage whistleblowing. Despite our best efforts, mistakes happen. We’re all human, we’re all fallible. Any doctor who says they’ve never made an error isn’t telling the truth. And the truth is more important than any one error.Mistakes should be seen as an opportunity to learn and improve, not a need for cover-up and denial. Honest feedback is a gift.So whistleblowers are doing the NHS a great service. Someone, who has the courage to speak up and put their head above the parapet, should be encouraged and embraced. Yet, sadly, all too often, they’re ignored, bullied and worse: forced out.Making someone choose between the job they love and speaking the truth to keep patients safe, is morally abhorrent and operationally foolish. It’s an injustice I am determined to end.We must change the way the system views whistleblowers: from a problem, to part of the solution. We must embed a ‘learn not blame’ culture in every part of the NHS, and ensure there are protections for staff and the public who speak up to save lives.So we must get the right leaders to create the right culture. A just culture, an open, honest and trustworthy culture. A culture of learn not blame. Saying sorry when we get it wrong, earning the public’s trust, never taking it for granted. Encouraging and supporting people with the bravery to speak up.There’s no one solution to patient safety. It’s a series of steps. It’s a path of continuous learning and improvement. There will always be more we can do, and we must always keep striving to do better.I want Britain to be the best country in the world to be born. That begins with making the NHS the best – and safest – place in the world to give birth. I want every parent to experience the same joy the mother of that newborn did, thanks to our brilliant NHS. Thanks to our brilliant NHS staff.So let us renew that bond of trust with the public. Make it a public, spoken, bond of trust: we will always be open with you, we will always be honest with you.When things go right and when things go wrong, you can always trust the NHS to be there for you and your family. less paperwork for medical staff and more time for patients faster resolution for those who are wronged more money for frontline NHS services and less taxpayers’ money going to lawyers “Trust me, I’m a doctor.” A phrase so reassuring that it’s a punchline.We trust doctors and nurses more than any other profession. It’s a bond of trust that is both implicit and unspoken. You see us at our weakest, our most vulnerable. You hold our lives, and the lives of our loved ones, in your hands.I was reminded of this unspoken bond of trust last week on a visit to The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow. I met a mother with her newborn. Everything had gone well with the delivery and she was looking forward to taking her healthy baby home.The visible joy, and relief, in her face is something every parent has felt. I’ve felt it myself with all 3 of my children.We trust nurses and doctors, we trust the NHS, with something more precious to us than life itself. You have saved the lives of people I love.We trust you because we know that you’ll do everything you can to help us. That you won’t give up on us. That the safety and life of my child is as important to you as it is to me.But we can’t take that trust for granted. It has to be earned, and it must be protected. I think that’s why, when that trust is forsaken, the shock is so profound. When I learned what happened at Gosport, I was shocked.Families had entrusted their loved ones into the care of doctors and nurses. Elderly relatives, at their most vulnerable and frail, were failed by a system that took that trust for granted. Think about your grandmother, your grandfather: how would you feel if the people you trusted most had let you down?I get it. I understand. As Health Secretary, I’m sorry to those families in Gosport, Liverpool Community Hospital, Mid Staffs and everyone else who has been let down. But I’m not here today to point fingers and blame people.Instead, we must learn the right lessons about creating a caring, compassionate culture, about protecting and renewing the bond of trust between the public and the NHS – our nation’s most loved and respected institution.Because the other thing I was reminded of last week is that leaders create the culture. Because after I spoke to that new mother I spoke with the Chief Exec, Lance McCarthy, and I asked him what they do when things go wrong. What’s his approach to mistakes?And he gave me a brilliant answer. He said: “If we’ve made a mistake, then we’ve made a mistake. We should be open and honest, and apologise. And not be afraid to apologise because of any potential legal action.”As Secretary of State, that’s exactly what I want to hear. Because we all make mistakes. We should strive to avoid them, of course, but the fact of a mistake isn’t the biggest problem. It’s how we respond to them and how we learn from them, that’s what’s most important. And we must never let our fear of the consequences, stop us from doing the right thing.So what Lance has done at his Trust is introduce a ‘behaviour charter’. Patients, their families and medical colleagues know what they can expect: openness, honesty, trustworthiness.That way when mistakes do happen there’s an honest conversation: this is what went wrong, we’re sorry, this is what we’re doing to fix it.It’s not an admission of liability. It’s an acknowledgement that we can do better. It’s often the first step towards acceptance for the patient and their family. And it’s a vital part of the process of continuous improvement we need to see everywhere in the NHS. Taking responsibility, learning the lessons that need to be learned, continuous improvement.And what Lance has found is that clinical negligence claims haven’t gone up at his trust since they introduced this new charter. In fact, Lance believes, when people feel like they’ve been treated with honesty and candour, they’re less likely to resort to legal action.The simple act of saying sorry maintains the bond of trust with the public even when things don’t go as planned. But this isn’t just a moral issue for the NHS ‒ as important as that is ‒ it’s a financial issue as well.Compensation pay-outs have quadrupled from half a billion to £2 billion pounds a year over the past decade. That is unacceptable and it’s clearly unsustainable.If we don’t do something about the growing number, and value, of clinical negligence claims, it threatens to swallow up the record £20.5 billion a year we’re putting into the NHS, and derail our Long Term Plan to transform the health service.And that infuriates me, because it’s an injustice for taxpayers and our hardworking NHS staff. This is a once in a generation opportunity to put our health service on a forward footing so we can look to the future with confidence.We can’t afford to let it go to waste. There is a moral and financial urgency to act. We must improve patient safety, so there’s:last_img read more