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EU to tackle issue of patient safety

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 14 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:866
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

European governments and the medical profession are combining to press for higher standards across the European Union of safety of patients. The framework for achieving this was set last week with the adoption a declaration calling for the introduction of a culture of patient safety throughout the entire health system. “The health sector should be designed in a way that errors and adverse events are prevented, detected or contained so that serious errors are avoided and compliance with safety procedures is enhanced,” it notes.

The initiative has widespread backing. The two day conference that endorsed …

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