Ombudsman calls for national system for reporting adverse incidents in Scotland

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 28 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8126
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

A standard system is needed to record adverse incidents across the NHS in Scotland to improve the care of patients, the country’s public service ombudsman, Jim Martin, has said.

His request comes after a BBC investigation found wide discrepancies in what were considered to be adverse incidents and how they were reported. They ranged from fatal medication errors to a nurse being injured while hanging Christmas decorations.

The investigation was based on freedom of information requests …

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