Patients’ safety must not be sacrificed to financial targets, doctors say

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 30 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2660
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. 1Liverpool

    The government’s obsession with targets means that tragedies such as the deaths of patients at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (BMJ 2009;338:b1141, doi:10.1136/bmj.b1141) could be repeated in other parts of the country, doctors warned at the BMA’s annual representatives meeting on Monday.

    “Mid-Staffs is not an isolated incident,” said one delegate, Mary McCarthy from South Staffordshire local medical committee. “It has the potential to happen in any other area.” She said that the concentration on targets had distorted clinical care at the Mid-Staffordshire trust and that difficulties in the area could grow, because the number of elderly people …

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