Friday, 6 July 2012

Liverpool Care Pathway – A Scandalous Affair


The NMC is, again, in deep water -

The NMC has responded to the final report of the strategic review of the NMC and the annual performance review by the CHRE.
The NMC has today responded to two reports published by CHRE: the final report of the strategic review of the NMC, published on 2 July; and the annual performance review [PDF], published last week on 28 June.
Commenting on the publication of the reports, Acting Chief Executive and Registrar, Jackie Smith, said:
“The strategic review report and annual performance review report together make difficult reading for the NMC. They highlight substantial failings in the delivery of our regulatory functions and in the management of our organisation. We recognise the failings that CHRE have set out in their reports, and we are sorry. It is clear that the NMC has not delivered effective and efficient regulation, and we are committed to putting that right.
And we are sorry...

The captain, Dickon Weir-Hughes, jumped his ship moments before it received its broadside. That does not keep his reputation intact!

Resignation of Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes

NMC Chief Executive and Registrar to leave with immediate effect
In an announcement made this morning, Nursing and Midwifery Council Chair, Professor Tony Hazell said:
"After a period of sick leave, Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes, has decided to resign from his position as Chief Executive and Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and leave with immediate effect.
"We would like to express our thanks for his contribution to the NMC and wish him well for the future.
"In December 2011, the NMC announced its arrangements for managing the organisation during Professor Weir-Hughes' sickness absence. Jackie Smith, Director of Fitness to Practise, will continue as acting Chief Executive and Registrar until the Council decides its future arrangements."

The NMC is no more ship-shape now than when Dickon Weir-Hughes took over the helm –

Nursing and Midwifery Council leaders resign following CHRE review
Thursday 19th June 2008
Nancy Kirkland NMC
The president and chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have announced their intention to resign following a damning performance review by the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE).

The CHRE said the NMC is carrying out its statutory functions but fails to fulfill these to the standard of performance that the public has the right to expect of a regulator.

Its report identifies serious weaknesses in the NMC's governance and culture, in the conduct of its council, its ability to protect the interest of the public through the operation of fitness to practise processes and its ability to retain the confidence of key stakeholders.

And we are sorry...                  
The NMC has appointed Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes as its new chief executive and registrar.
Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes 

Not even fit for purpose... 

This was copied from NMC web pages:

·          Once a complaint has been received in writing by a member of the Senior Team, an acknowledgement letter will be sent within two working days
·      You will then receive a full response within 20 working days of the receipt of your letter of complaint

Just not good enough!

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