Magazine article Public Finance

Hospitals Still Having Ill Effects on One in Ten Patients

Magazine article Public Finance

Hospitals Still Having Ill Effects on One in Ten Patients

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MPs have said patient safety is not being given a high enough priority in the NHS and that about one in ten patients is harmed as a result of hospital treatment, despite a decade of government initiatives to make health care safer.

In Patient safety, published on July 3, the Commons health select committee recommended that protecting patients from avoidable harm should 'always and without exception' be the service's top priority. Tens of thousands of patients suffer unnecessary harm each year and there is a huge cost to the NHS in consequence,' the report said.

The MPs praised the government for introducing policies promoting safety. But they concluded: 'Government policy has too often given the Impression that there are priorities, notably hitting targets, achieving financial balance and attaining foundation trust status, which are more Important. This has undoubtedly, in a number of well documented cases, been a contributory factor In making services unsafe. …

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