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So regulators and Trusts slug it out over who knows best about
patient safety. This is not helpful.
When in ten years time we look back at the NHS with the benefit of
the retrospectoscope we will see our beloved organisation in the grip of a
patient safety crisis which was threatening to undermine the confidence of
patients and staff in the ability of the NHS to deliver safe patient care.
To understand and resolve the current crisis in patient safety we all
have to keep asking ourselves the question " what is the NHS for?".
We all know what it has become; a battleground for the personal
career advancement or the financial reward of a few individuals.
Do enough of us now understand the seriousness of the current crisis
in patient safety that we can all unite around asking the question " what
is the NHS for?", for in the asking of that question are the answers as to
how to make the NHS safe for all patients and staff.
Who is up for this fight? And make no mistake this is a fight, just
as Aneurin Bevan knew at the inception of the NHS that people would have
to fight for its continued existence.