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Guarantee of anonymity leads to surge in reports of safety incidents

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 19 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:140
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    Confidence among medical staff in the NHS confidential electronic system for reporting patient safety incidents has soared in recent months with a surge in usage, MPs heard last week.

    More doctors are reporting incidents using the confidential system than any other method, Department of Health witnesses told the Public Accounts Committee.

    The committee was taking evidence on the National Audit Office report, A Safer Place for Patients: Learning to Improve Patient Safety, which was published last November.

    MPs questioned why, according to the report, there had been only 108 responses so far to the anonymous electronic reporting system …

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