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Fear of 'blame culture' in NHS

12th December 2007

A watchdog body has discovered that some NHS staff do not report accidents involving patients or colleagues for fear of the consequences of admitting a mistake.

But while the staff survey by Quality Improvement Scotland noted that the health service was better at reporting incidents than other industries it also found that workers were reluctant to come forward because of concerns over a blame culture. The report, which also said the NHS still had room to make improvements, followed the largest survey undertaken in the Scottish health service on staff attitudes to “incidents�.

 

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