'Improve patient safety' call30th October 2006
The health watchdog says more needs to be done to improve care and avoid unnecessary deaths, both in the NHS and the private sector.
While most patients receive safe care, there was room for improvement, said the Healthcare Commission. Standards were inconsistent, it said, and there were concerns about services for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities as well as health inequalities.
The annual report into the state of Healthcare in England and Wales uses information from inspections, surveys and focus groups. The report said patient satisfaction levels remained high, and waiting lists had fallen in the last five years.
But patient safety remained a major area of concern. One in 10 NHS trusts could not confirm that they fully met core standards on safety, while one in 10 independent providers were ordered to improve the management of risks last year.
Healthcare Commission chairman Sir Ian Kennedy said it was frustrating that there was still no clear indication on the number of avoidable deaths or injury.
Patient safety includes areas such as infection control and drug administration.
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Title: 'Improve patient safety' call
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 998
Date Added: 30th Oct 2006