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New standards in Ireland aim to improve safety and quality of health services

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4506 (Published 29 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4506
  1. Muiris Houston
  1. 1Galway

New national standards aimed at protecting patients and radically improving health services in Ireland, and which will form the basis for future licensing of all healthcare facilities, have been launched by the Health Information and Quality Authority.1

The new standards follow a number of high profile failures in the health system, including a year long investigation into the running of Tallaght Hospital’s emergency department in Dublin after an inquest into the death of a patient who died in a corridor while waiting for a bed. It found Thomas Walsh was the victim of an abdication …

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