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NHS: Safety

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 115553, tabled on 16 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps is the Government is taking to ensure that the NHS is the safest healthcare system in the world for both patients and staff.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

1 December 2020

The Government is clear in its commitment to improve the quality and safety of care and treatment across England.

NHS England and NHS Improvement published the NHS’s first ever Patient Safety Strategy in July 2019. The Strategy sets out a vision to continue to improve patient safety, building on the foundation of a patient safety culture and patient safety system.

A series of programmes are planned and underway to help create a safety culture in the National Health Service and to continuously improve the safety of patients in the NHS. For example, patients are being supported to contribute to their own safety by having patients or their advocates on all safety-related clinical governance committees in NHS organisations.

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