"Sign up to Safety" to halve NHS serious mistakes and save lives
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I welcome the announcement by the Health Secretary, reported by the BBC earlier this week under the banner "Sign up to Safety", to reduce the number of serious mistakes in hospitals over the next three years.
The focus will be on easily avoidable issues such as medication errors, blood clots and bed sores. The recruitment of 5,000 safety champions will identify areas of unsafe care and develop solutions to address these issues. It does beg the question why hospitals are unable to highlight these errors and reduce them through protocols without the assistance of safety champions.
Nevertheless, if it improves patient care, it must be a good thing. It is interesting to note that whilst this is voluntary, health trusts will have their premiums for insurance cover reduced if they take action.
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