According to a report in the Health Service Journal (HSJ – 6 March 2008), Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer says that the core standards for better health around patient safety are “not strong enough.” He says that “They [core standards] don’t represent the dynamic areas we need in order to improve the safety and quality of care……..We need to look afresh at the question of standards. There are a lot of them and people don’t understand which are mandatory and which are optional. They’re unclear what the relevance of standards is.”
Sir Liam was responsible for overseeing the development and introduction of the Standards for Better Health. The standards were supposed to replace the Department of Health’s controls assurance standards.
See the HSJ article at: www.hsj.co.uk/news/2008/03/chief_medic_warns_safety_standards_not_high_enough.html