The government began consultation on proposals to develop a new clear and specific criminal offence of ill-treatment or wilful neglect of patients and service users in England and Wales. The consultation would close on 31 March 2014.
Source: New Offence of Ill-Treatment or Wilful Neglect: Consultation document, Department of Health
A report examined the role of the assistant practitioner in the health sector in Wales. The role was at a higher level of competence than a traditional healthcare support worker, located between registered health professionals and healthcare support worker roles. The report said that the role had been developed in a number of occupational areas and, where used, was well received and achieved cost savings. It said there was a broad range of challenges confounding the widespread adoption of the AP, but noted that a future increase in community-based care could create demand for more practitioners, with some of those roles straddling health and social care. It noted the need for education and training.
Source: Assistant Practitioner Roles in the Welsh Health Sector: Enhancing the potential for future development, Skills for Health
An article examined whether compassion should any longer be expected of those working in healthcare.
Source: Joshua Hordern, 'Whatï¿½s wrong with "compassion"?: towards a political, philosophical and theological context', Clinical Ethics, Volume 8 Issue 4