More than half of hospital trusts inspected last year reported inaccurately their standards of care, according to an investigation by BBC Panorama, to be broadcast tonight. The majority of hospitals have been incorrectly assessing their own performance, leaving them open to accusation of misleading the public about levels of patient safety.

Daily Telegraph examines the NHS

This week The Daily Telegraph will be publishing a series of articles examining how the NHS works and how it might be made better. An article by Nick Bosanquet, consultant director of the independent think tank reform and Andrew Haldenby. Director of reform explain why spending more money on the NHS is not the answer.

Hospital closures

Opposition parties have said plans that could lead to the closure of hospitals are being drawn up but will not be made public until after the general election.

Money for respite breaks for carers spent on NHS deficit

Millions of pounds promised for respite breaks for carers have been misspent and diverted to plug the NHS deficit, an investigation has found. Research by two charities, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care has disclosed that less than a quarter of the funding promised has been spent on respite services to allow carers time off.

Lord Darzi reports

The Sunday Times reports that a series of damning reports on the state of the National Health Service, suppressed by the government, reveal how patients needs have been neglected. Lord Darzi, commissioned three reports from international consultancies to assess the progress of the NHS as it approached its 60th anniversary in 2008. The findings from these reports have come to light under a freedom of information request.

NHS Constitution

Patients will be given greater rights, including the entitlement to cancer treatment within two weeks, under changes to the NHS Constitution announced today by Health Secretary Andy Burham. He will also announce a pledge to work with  Marie Curie Cancer Care Charity on developing a right for people to die at home if they wish.

Maternity ward complaints

The Daily Mail reports that ten new mothers a day complain about the appalling treatment they receive on underfunded maternity wards.  Stories of complaints were uncovered by Freedom of Information requests. The FOI requests to 149 hospitals trusts with maternity units revealed that 2,792 complaints were lodged last year.

Parliamentary Update

House of Lords
Grand Committee
Health & Social Care Act 2008 (regulated activities) regulations 2010 & Health & Social Care Act 2008 (consequential amendments no. 2) order 2010.
Tobacco advertising & promotion (display of prices) (England) regulations 2010 & protection from tobacco (sales from vending machines) (England) regulations 2010

West Midlands Regional Committee (4.15pm) – Grimond Room
Planning for the Future: Housing and Economic Development in the West Midlands
Witnesses: Highways Agency, Environment Agency, West Midlands Leaders’ Board, Government Office for the West Midlands, and Homes and Communities Agency

Other Business
Written Statements from DH:
- Jobs First demonstration sites for people with learning disabilities. 
- NHS Constitution
- Government response to consultation on new patient rights. 
Health Minister Ann Keen announcement on £8 million regional campaign to help catch cancer early
The Crossroads Care & Princess Royal Trust for Carers published research showing that only 23% of this year's cash is being spent on carers
Lancet report finds that community support groups can reduce neonatal mortality and lower rates of maternal depression.