Fatal Errors In Hospitals Continue

A recent report from the Care Quality Commission has highlighted what it describes as a "defensive wall" within the NHS over its attitude to the errors which lead to patient deaths.

Amongst the Commission's findings were a failure by hospitals to review the underlying causes behind such fatal errors which in turn led to mistakes being repeated and the families of patients being left out of the investigative process. Less than 10% of the affected families believed they had been fully involved.

Professor Sir Mike Richards, Chief Inspector of Hospitals, commented "Opportunities are being missed to learn from deaths so that action can be taken to stop the same mistakes happening... a framework needs to be established (setting out) what the NHS should do when someone dies and which (also) ensures that the families are fully involved."

Commenting on the Commission's findings Peter Walsh, the Chief Executive of AvMA (Action Against Medical Accidents) said that it was "absolutely shocking" with the report exposing the "dire quality and inconsistency of many NHS investigations."

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