Health Select Committee to investigate patient safety

Patient safety will be the focus of the Health Select Committee's next inquiry.

It will look at what the risks to patient safety are and to what extent they are avoidable, including:

  • The role of human error and poor clinical judgement
  • Systems failures
  • How far clinical practice can be risk-free, the definition of avoidable risk
  • The role of public perceptions of risk in determining NHS policy.

It will also look at what the current effectiveness is of local and regional NHS bodies, including primary care organisations, in ensuring patient safety.

Systems for incident reporting, risk management and safety improvement will also be examined.

Written evidence can be submitted by email at by 22 September 2008.

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