Hospitals must be more open about safety, says chief medical officerBMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7528.1290-d (Published 01 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1290
- Andrew Cole
The safety of patients is a lower priority for most hospitals than balancing the books and hitting performance targets, England's chief medical officer, Liam Donaldson, told a European Union summit on patient safety this week.
This was despite the fact that adverse events occurred in one in 10 hospitalisations and that people had a far higher risk of being killed by medical error than of dying in an air crash.
“When a chief executive puts their head on the pillow at night they will be worrying about two things: the financial position of the organisation and its performance targets,” Professor Donaldson told the conference, which was …
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