Hospitals’ disregard of patient safety alerts is risking lives, claims charity

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 17 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c984
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

NHS trusts in England are failing to act on mandatory patient safety alerts issued by the National Patient Safety Agency and are leaving patients open to risk of harm, says a leading patient safety charity.

Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA) said it had gathered evidence showing that 307 NHS trusts (around 75% of all trusts in England) had not complied with the required actions in at least one patient safety alert before the deadline specified by the alert.

The charity, which supports thousands of people who have been affected by medical accidents, has this week published a report on NHS bodies’ failure to implement patient safety recommendations issued by the …

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