Netherlands plans system for reporting errors

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 08 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:68

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  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    The Netherlands is set to follow Denmark and the United Kingdom in introducing a national system for blame free reporting of medical errors. The Dutch Healthcare Inspectorate argues in its annual report for 2003 that systematic reporting would improve the safety of patients but requires a cultural change.

    Under the proposed system, staff who made mistakes, provided they were not grossly negligent, would be protected …

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