A Better NHS

What David Cameron’s new patient safety tsar said five years ago. You might be surprised.

By Roger Kline, 27 March 2013 Reposted from http://www.publicworld.org/blog

Don Berwick is a world authority on patient safety. For two decades he led the US Institute for Health Improvement and he led the US president’s “Obamacare” reforms. In 2011 was forced to resign that post, partly for referring to the NHS as an example for the US to follow.

In 2008 he was quietly commissioned to report on the culture of the NHS by the then Chief Medical Officer Liam Donaldson. He reported a climate of “fear” but this did not become public until the Francis Inquiry into the Mid Staffordshire scandal.

Last month David Cameron announced Don Berwick had been asked to become NHS Patient Safety Tsar to lead a panel “to make zero harm a reality in our NHS”. Don’t be surprised if…

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