CQC alerts independent ambulance providers to ’emerging patient safety concerns’

The CQC is calling on independent ambulance services in England to ensure they care for their patients safely after its inspections to date have found significant concerns.

CQC has carried out 70 comprehensive inspections of independent ambulance services since April 2015. From many of these inspections, CQC has identified common concerns around poor medicines management, cleanliness and infection control practices and a lack of appropriate recruitment checks.

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Action needed now to address risks in emergency communication switchover

The Public Accounts Committee report warns that the target date to replace the radio system used by emergency services is unlikely to be met | Commons Select Committee

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In a their report, the Committee concludes the Emergency Services Network (ESN), which will replace the current Airwave system, “may require more testing and assurance work than the current December 2019 delivery date seems to allow for”.

However, the Committee warns the Home Office has not budgeted for an extended transition period nor put in place detailed contingency arrangements to manage this risk.

ESN, a system not yet in use nationwide anywhere in the world, will be used by the 105 police, fire and ambulance services in Great Britain.

The Government expects it to save money by sharing EE’s existing commercial 4G network.

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Read the report here

 

NHS ambulance services

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published NHS ambulance services.

This report provides an update to the NAO 2011 report and examines:

  • the challenges facing the ambulance service in England
  • the performance of the service
  • the extent to which the service is maximising its impact and supporting the challenges facing the wider health system.

It highlights that NHS ambulance services are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with rising demand for urgent and emergency services.

Full report: NHS Ambulance Services

NAO Podcast on Ambulance Service:

 

Additional links: BBC news report