Be more radical, vocal, and bold to improve patient safety, conference hears

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 14 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7384
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

The NHS still lacks an effective “patient safety culture” and must overcome its reluctance to improve outcomes and save much needed cash, leading clinicians have warned.

Speaking on 10 November at the Patient Safety 2011 conference in London, Rowan Hillson, England’s national clinical director for diabetes, said that one in 10 of the UK population is expected to have diabetes by 2020 but that current care was variable and inconsistent.

Less than a third of patients with type 1 diabetes and less than half of those with type 2 diabetes currently receive all the basic care processes set out in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence’s quality standard for diabetes, she told the conference, …

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