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Government will appoint patient safety commissioner but rejects call for independent redress agency

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 13 January 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n106
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The government plans to appoint a new patient safety commissioner to oversee healthcare in England, in response to the Cumberlege review into treatments that caused avoidable harm.12

But it has rejected recommendations to set up an independent redress agency for people harmed by medicines and medical devices or to appoint an independent taskforce to implement the recommendations of the review, which examined the use of pelvic mesh, Primodos, and sodium valproate.

Nadine Dorries, health minister, said that the government was still considering the review’s recommendation that doctors’ financial and non-pecuniary interests should be declared and publicly available, but she indicated that this would be implemented in the …

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