Letter from Mrs Ann Dowling to the Chairman
of the Committee (ACI 250)
Thank you for the opportunity to speak to the
Select Committee. I have a number of points to make, which I hope
are of some help.
1. The availability of information for victims
of adverse medical incidents is, sadly, negligible. Patients are
usually so distressed that the last thing they think about is
seeking advice, so I would suggest a system be set up, ie through
leaflet or help-line numbers, situated in Post Office's, doctors
surgery's, hospital waiting rooms or by the GPO through door to
door deliveries with the normal mail, Citizen Advice Bureaus etc,
and of course the media publicity.
2. In these days of computers, a central
WWS to outlaw disgraced consultants, GP's and hospitals who fail
their patients and even areas of the country where medical care
falls short of the rest of the country. I feel this would be very
easy to implement.
3. A three monthly review of doctors, consultants
and surgeons skills and knowledge should be conducted by an independent
body, on their competence and up-dating of new techniques in medicine.
4. A thorough scrutiny of doctors credentials
before being employed in any NHS or private practice and any adverse
findings be added to the central computer WWS.
6 July 1999