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NHS introduces new patient safety agency

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 28 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1013
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    England is to set up a new agency to improve safety for NHS patients, with a mandatory system for reporting failures, mistakes, and “near misses.”

    The National Patient Safety Agency will act as an independent body within the NHS, with the aim of collecting and analysing information on adverse events from local NHS organisations, NHS staff, patients, and carers. The agency will then feed back any lessons learned into practice, organisations, and delivery. Where risks are identified, the new body will develop solutions designed to prevent harm, set out national goals for risk reduction, and establish mechanisms to track progress towards achieving the goals set. …

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