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Primary care pays only “lip service” to clinical governance, MPs say

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 13 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:529
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    Defective communication between primary care trusts and GPs is seriously compromising the safety of patients in England, a group of MPs said this week.

    In its latest report the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts also warns that 96% of GPs are failing to report dangerous incidents to the National Patient Safety Agency.

    For its report, which examines the Department of Health's progress in implementing clinical governance in primary care, the committee had taken evidence from the chief executive of the NHS, the deputy chief medical officer, and the NHS's director general of commissioning.

    Committee chairman Edward Leigh said, “Too many primary care organisations are paying lip service to the principles of the Department of Health's …

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