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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Patients’ crusader from Dalton relishes new health watchdog role

A BEREAVED Dalton father who fought for the truth about failings in maternity and neonatal care has been given a full-time role working for a national health watchdog.

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JAMES TITCOMBE

James Titcombe has been permanently appointed as national adviser in patient safety and culture for the Care Quality Commission after spending six months in a temporary role for the NHS regulator.

Mr Titcombe lost his son, Joshua, to a preventable infection nine days after his birth at Furness General Hospital in 2008. The Dalton dad has spent years campaigning on behalf of his own family as well as numerous others affected by failings at FGH.

Of his permanent appointment to the CQC, Mr Titcombe said: “I’m really, really pleased. This is a really good opportunity to be involved in improving patient safety and now it’s my career. It’s exactly what I want to do.”

Mr Titcombe says his key priorities will include improving the complaints system for patients. He also wants to ensure better protection for NHS staff who raise concerns, so whistleblowers do not face persecution or isolation as a result of bringing attention to problems or issues.

The personal experience and expertise he will bring to his role has been welcomed by health secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

In a tweet, he said: “Many congratulations to @JamesTitcombe who has been permanently appointed patient safety adviser @CareQualityComm – excellent news.”

Mr Titcombe feels the support he has received since the news broke is indicative of a change in attitude and culture by those responsible for the running of the country’s health service.

He said: “I think, on the whole, there’s been a shift in the last year. I think the reason everyone’s so supportive is because we’re all working towards the same end now, we’re all singing from the same song sheet and we all believe in the same thing.

“We all want things to change and there’s real momentum now.

“There’s a lot to be done and there’s a long way to go, but people recognise now that things have to change in the NHS and the will is there. We’re all pulling in the right direction.

“It’s a great time to be doing what I’m doing.”

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The following priority of " ensuring better protection for Nhs staff " is a joke after all this man ha stated on many occasions that he wanted heads to roll.......

Posted by Is this a joke? on 23 April 2014 at 19:36

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