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The British Geriatrics Society calls for all healthcare professionals to learn from the Gosport Inquiry to help prevent future tragedies

BGS London (22 June 2018): The British Geriatrics Society is calling all healthcare professionals to review the Gosport Independent Panel Report, and to learn from these shocking events which led to the deaths of over 450 patients who were given opiate painkillers “without medical justification” from 1989 to 2000 at Gosport War Memorial Hospital in Hampshire.

The Inquiry found there was a “disregard for human life” and an “institutionalised practice of shortening lives” at the hospital. In response to the Inquiry’s findings the Society is also calling for increased knowledge of best practice and clinical guidelines, especially in relation to prescribing and pain management in older people. The Society fully supports the families’ ongoing quest for truth and accountability.

Dr Eileen Burns, President of the British Geriatrics Society commented:

“It is a sombre day for all healthcare professionals caring for older people. We must diligently read this report if we hope to learn from these tragic events and prevent future tragedies. We urge regulators and the wider health and care system to do the same.

The Society will continue to strive to ensure that older people receive high quality healthcare, regardless their situation or clinical diagnosis.

Our sympathies lie with the families at this difficult time, and we hope Inquiry’s findings will help them to gain the answers they seek.”

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Managing Frailty and Delayed Transfers of Care in the Acute Setting

How are your services performing? The NHS Benchmarking Network offers you the opportunity to find out!

“The NHS Benchmarking Network provides a unique source of information in this key area. The joint experience of working with the Acute Frailty Network has highlighted that many of the issues relating to DToC can be overcome by early assertive holistic assessment. I strongly encourage all providers of older people’s acute care to sign up this year”
Professor Simon Conroy, Clinical Lead, Acute Frailty Network

What is NHS Benchmarking?

The Benchmarking Network works with its 330+ members to understand the wide variation in demand, capacity and outcomes evident within the NHS. It concentrates on areas that are poorly served by routine NHS statistics. Member organisations are able to take part in any of the Network’s benchmarking projects. The list of members can be found here.

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Clinical Examiners sought for the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (DGM)

BGS and RCP London are seeking clinicians with an interest in geriatric medicine to become a clinical examiner for the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (DGM).

The DGM examination is designed to give recognition of competence in the provision of healthcare for older people. It is run jointly by the BGS and Royal College of Physicians London.

In offering doctors the opportunity to review and consider all aspects of healthcare, the DGM is aimed at any medical practitioner in the UK whose clinical practice brings them into contact with older people. This may include:

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