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NHS trusts ‘failing to comply with safety alerts’

23rd February 2011

Half of NHS trusts are failing to comply with patient safety alerts, a new report suggests.

The alerts are issued by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) and are designed to draw attention to avoidable problems that have repeatedly caused patients to be harmed or killed.

Alerts are supposed to be acted on within a certain timeframe, but a new report by charity group Action against Medical Accidents shows that many trusts are not completing the required actions by the given deadlines.

The charity found 654 instances of patient safety alerts that had not been fully complied with in time.

Half of trusts had failed to respond to at least one alert and 45 trusts had not complied with five or more. In some cases, targets had been missed by several years.

Missed deadlines included alerts on issues such as safer use of injectable medicines and oxygen safety in hospitals.

The organisation said: "Each alert not complied with means that lives are being put at unnecessary risk."

In response to the report, a Department of Health spokesman stated that "much more needs to be done" to improve the system.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800423146-ADNFCR

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