Patient safety – it’s about good governance and management says Healthcare Commission

The Healthcare Commission is urging NHS boards in England to heed the lessons of its investigations into serious healthcare failings. The Commission has produced a ‘learning from investigations’ report based on 14 investigations into failures involving serious patient safety risk. According to the Commission, “A common trend has been NHS trust boards concentrating on some of their activities, such as the delivery of targets or mergers, at the expense of others…..trust boards need to [deliver on objectives] and deliver on the basics of quality of care and safety.” Whilst the report does not come up with new findings, it nevertheless very usefully reinforces the importance of good governance and management. The report can be downloaded at: www.healthcarecommission.org.uk/_db/_documents/Learning_from_investigations.pdf

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