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Patient safety needs closer monitoring, says Healthcare Commission

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 02 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:937
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    More information is needed on the number of people harmed, or who die, while they are in hospital if a clearer picture of patient safety in the NHS and independent sector is to emerge, the Healthcare Commission has warned.

    Almost a quarter (22%) of the 8000 complaints the commission receives each year are related to safety, it says. In the NHS, one in 10 trusts could not reassure the commission they fully met core standards on safety.

    “It is frustrating that in 2006 we do not have a clearer idea of how many people die or are harmed in hospitals when this could have been avoided,” said Ian Kennedy, the chairman of the commission, launching its …

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