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MPs call for new national patient safety body to lead clinical accident investigations

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 30 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1707
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

An independent national investigator of clinical accidents should be created to improve on the speed, quality, and thoroughness of investigations, say MPs.

MPs of the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee have called for the next government to make changes to improve the current system for dealing with clinical incidents, which they said was too complex, time consuming, and preoccupied with blame. In a report published on 27 March the committee called on the next health secretary after the May general election to establish a national independent patient safety investigation body.1

This body should be a centre of knowledge and promote good investigatory practice and skills, and investigations should ideally be carried out locally, they said. It should have …

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