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Patient safety

The latest patient safety related news

Highlighting learning from practitioners and research from human factors in health care.

Follow this theme to discover what patient safety means as a practice. We share learning from practitioners, and researchers and findings from the developing field of human factors in health care.

Patient safety

BBC News

NHS Health Check: Short GP consultations crazy, say GPs

The length of GP consultations in the NHS is "crazy" and risks undermining care if more patients are pushed out of hospitals, doctor leaders are warning. GP leaders said this was already too short and the extra workload from the hospital closures proposed by local leaders would destabilise care.

BBC News

FGM victims need medical attention 'every hour' says charity

A case of female genital mutilation (FGM) is either discovered or treated at a medical appointment in England every hour, a charity has said. Plan International UK said statistics showed there were 8,656 times when a girl or woman was assessed at a doctor's surgery or hospital.


One in six A&E departments at risk of closure or downgrade

One in six A&E departments face being closed or downgraded in the next four years, according to an analysis of NHS proposals. About 33 casualty departments in hospitals in 23 areas of the UK are facing either complete closure or being replaced with minor injuries units.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

A Framework for Safe, Reliable, and Effective Care

This American white paper “provides clarity and direction to health care organizations on the key strategic, clinical, and operational components involved in achieving safe and reliable operational excellence — a “system of safety,” not just a collection of stand-alone safety improvement projects.”

NHS Improvement

Provisional summary of “Never Events” data for 1 April to 31 December 2016 published

When data for this report were extracted 326 serious incidents were designated by reporters as Never Events. Of these, 33 reports of wrong route of administration of medication were identified and 1 report of inadvertent administration of potassium was reported.

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