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Healthcare bodies sign charter pledging commitment to patient safety

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39136.486829.DB (Published 01 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:447
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Key healthcare organisations in the United Kingdom have signed a charter pledging their responsibility to respond effectively to incidents when things go wrong with patients' care.

    Altogether 25 chairs and chief executives of healthcare organisations at a summit organised by the National Patient Safety Agency and the Healthcare Commission signed the charter promising that they will take measures to improve patient safety.

    The charter is a response to the Department of Health's report Safety First, published last December, in which Liam Donaldson, the chief medical officer for England, called for action on patient safety to be accelerated (BMJ 2007;334:12, 6 Jan, doi: …

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