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Doctors will need to take bigger role in patient safety in “federal” NHS

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 10 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d951
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Frontline clinicians must do more to improve patient safety and stop looking to take their lead from politicians, the NHS’s medical director has said.

Bruce Keogh said clinicians would have to show better leadership than they had done in the past, particularly as the NHS was about to move to a more devolved or “federal” system.

He said clinicians had “failed” to lead on safety issues on a number of occasions.

For example, he argued that MRSA infections had only fallen substantially since the issue of hospital infections was targeted by government despite the fact that clinicians had been well aware there was a problem. …

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