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Independent study highlights new safety goals for NHS

6th August 2013

An independent report has outlined a new plan to help the NHS attain world-leading levels of patient safety.

International expert Professor Don Berwick – a former adviser to US president Barack Obama – carried out five months of intensive work to examine key lessons for NHS patient safety from healthcare and other industrial systems throughout the world.

He called for the NHS to adopt a "culture of learning" that will make it easier for staff to learn from mistakes, while stating that more must be done to ensure staffing levels are adequate.

Other recommendations included greater transparency, a clarification of supervisory and regulatory systems and the introduction of new criminal offences for recklessness, wilful neglect or mistreatment, as well as for healthcare organisations that withhold relevant information.

Professor Berwick said: "In any organisation, mistakes will happen and problems will arise, but we shouldn't accept harm to patients as inevitable."

This comes as part of ongoing government efforts to prevent any further repeats of the breakdown in care provision which occurred at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801621566-ADNFCR

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