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Reporting patient safety incidents to be mandatory for English trusts from April 2010

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 11 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5425
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    From April 2010 it will be mandatory for NHS trusts in England to report all patient safety incidents to the National Patient Safety Agency, bringing an end to the current voluntary system.

    Under the new system all 400 NHS trusts in England, including hospitals, primary care trusts, mental health services, and ambulance services, will be obliged to report adverse incidents—for example, when a patient dies unexpectedly or is permanently injured during the course of care. The information will be shared with the NHS regulator, the Care Quality Commission, as part of the new registration process.

    Private and voluntary healthcare providers will be brought into the new registration system from October 2010. From April 2011, primary dental care and private ambulance providers will be required to register with the commission and primary medical care providers from April 2012. The department of health said it was currently …

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