Make patient safety part of everyday routines, says watchdog

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 07 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:294
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Weak leadership, ineffective management, and poor use of systematic information are the key reasons that patient safety is put seriously at risk in English NHS trusts, says a report from the health service watchdog.

    NHS trust boards in England also fail on patient safety because it is unclear who is responsible for maintaining safety, and staff feel unable to speak out when problems occur, says the Healthcare Commission.

    The report looks at 13 investigations carried out by the commission between August 2004 and April 2007. …

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