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Appetite for patient safety in England falls behind that in the rest of the UK, conference hears

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3884 (Published 31 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3884
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1Birmingham

The NHS in England needs to rediscover its zeal for making healthcare safer because energy for the cause has “dissipated,” a leading health improvement expert has said.

Stephen Thornton, chief executive of the Health Foundation, told the Patient Safety Congress 2012 in Birmingham on 29 May that there was a “problem” with patient safety in England compared with the rest of the UK.

He said he could not see the same passion of a decade ago which stemmed from a “real sense of moral outrage” over care deficiencies and took its cue from inspiring national leadership in the NHS.

He said more effective coordination was to be found in Wales, …

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