Dad of Barrow hospital death baby joins health watchdog
Last updated at 16:17, Thursday, 19 September 2013
THE dad of a baby who died as a result of failings at Furness General Hospital has spoken of his determination to improve patient safety after landing a leading job with a health watchdog.
James Titcombe announced via Twitter yesterday that he had been made a national adviser for patient safety, quality and culture for the regulator of the NHS in England – the Care Quality Commission.
His son Joshua was born at FGH on October 27, 2008, and got a pneumococcus infection during the birth.
But the infection was not detected and potentially life-saving antibiotics were not administered.
Joshua died nine days later on November 5 and Mr Titcombe has since campaigned tirelessly to uncover failings made at FGH.
Mr Titcombe, the spokesman for the Morecambe Bay Inquiry Action group, said: “I’m looking forward to getting started, I’m excited about the new role and I hope to make a difference.
“My experience has shown me how important it is that patient safety is put first and that people are listened to.
“And I believe that has to be at the heart of what the CQC does. I’m absolutely determined to do my very best to make sure that happens.”
Mr Titcombe, of Dalton, believed his appointment is an example of a change in CQC culture.
He said: “It shows it’s an organisation that’s changing and I believe that, since the Grant Thornton Review and the Mid Staffs Inquiry, their new strategy is very much going in the right direction.
“To be further part of that, as somebody with my experience, I hope I can influence further change in the right direction.”
First published at 16:13, Thursday, 19 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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What a surprise! Look out fgh maternity... More slating will be coming your way after this appointment! Surely conflict of interest given the on going investigations and inquiries!
Maybe cqc are doing this as a peace offering!