Letters Improving patient safety

Harnessing clinical solving abilities through safety reporting to drive quality improvement in the NHS

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5489 (Published 10 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5489
  1. Ann-Marie Howell, clinical research fellow1,
  2. George Bouras, clinical research fellow1,
  3. Elaine M Burns, clinical lecturer1
  1. 1Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, 10th floor QEQM Building, St Mary’s Hospital, London W2 1NY, UK
  1. a.howell{at}imperial.ac.uk

Don Berwick presents a welcome and measured view on NHS workers who face increasing scrutiny over their ability to deliver high quality, safe healthcare. His latest report, insightfully distilled by McKee,1 recognises that the challenges faced are not unique to the UK and that blame must be diverted from those who flag safety concerns.

Much emphasis has been placed on increasing transparency and accountability. The Danes …

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