Report on NHS failure to implement patient safety alerts

The Charity Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA)has published a report on the NHS in England’s failure to implement patient safety alerts.

Titled Adding insult to injury – NHS failure to implement patient safety alerts, the report is based on a Freedom of Information request AvMA made to the Department of Health.

When the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) issues an alert, NHS bodies have to report to the Central Alerting Service (CAS) when the recommended actions have been completed. Compliance with implementing the alerts within a given deadline is one of the "core standards" in the Standards for Better Health, which all NHS trusts in England are supposed to meet.

The research carried out by AvMA revealed that there is no system in place for monitoring compliance.

Download the report Adding insult to injury – NHS failure to implement patient safety alerts here.

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