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Remember Staffordshire Hospital

Monitor is supporting the Sign up to Safety campaign which aims to reduce avoidable harm by 50% and save 6,000 lives over the next 3 years.  The campaign, launched by the Secretary of State for Health, is designed to strengthen patient safety in the NHS and make it the safest healthcare system in the world.  The campaign aims to deliver harm free care for every patient, every time, everywhere.  It champions openness & honesty and supports everyone to improve the safety of patients.

NHS foundation trusts are being asked to develop a plan that describes what they will do to reduce harm & save lives, by working to reduce the causes of harm and take a preventative approach.  By committing to Sign up to Safety you will:

  • publicly declare how your NHS foundation trust will improve safety in your hospitals
  • turn your proposed actions into a safety improvement plan
  • engage your staff & patients in the campaign and link to existing safety initiatives
  • encourage reporting of patient safety incidents
  • regularly report progress against your plan to improve safety in your hospitals, explaining action taken in response to safety alerts

In a second related news item; Sir Robert Francis launches new review into NHS reporting culture to make it easier for NHS staff to speak up.  New data published last week will allow the public the opportunity to compare key safety measures across hundreds of NHS Trusts in England.

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