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Stop any more Shipmans

I have tabled two EDMs today. One relates to the Auditing of Death Certificates. Simply counting the number of death certificates signed would have stopped Harold Shipman from killing hundreds of people.

The link refers to this.

Audit of Death Certificates
This house notes that one recommendation of the Shipman Inquiry in 2003 was an audit of death certificates, this house regrets that the government have been ‘not fit for the purpose’ of implementing this very simple change to procedure and calls for the government to implement this at an early stage including a numerical audit of the past ten years.

Feeding of NHS Patients
This house notes that in the Health Care Commission’s Patient Survey of 2005 18% of patients said that “they did not get enough help” with eating their meals and 21% said that they only got enough help “sometimes”; believes that it is a good idea to ensure that patients do get enough help with eating their meals in hospital; and calls for the government to ensure that priority is given to feeding patients rather than feeding the bureaucracy with form filling.

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