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NHS has still not learnt the lessons of Bristol

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 27 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:220

BMJ Clare Dyer legal correspondent

Five years after the report from the inquiry into the Bristol children's heart surgery scandal, reforms have still failed to secure a safe health service, the former chairman of the inquiry warned last week.

In a lecture in central London Ian Kennedy said that safety would be the number one consideration in any patient centred service, yet government reforms had not given it a high enough priority.

Professor Kennedy called for a “cultural change” in the NHS to make it “patient centred,” rather than “patient led” (the government's catchphrase), with …

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