Public can make submissions on patient safety review in healthcare sector

The public has six weeks in which to make submissions on new national standards on how patient safety incidents are reviewed in the healthcare sector.

The public consultation on the new draft national standards for conduct of reviews of patient safety incidents has been prompted by findings from the chief medical officer’s 2014 Report on Perinatal Deaths in HSE Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise.

It recommended the development of national standards on the conduct of reviews of patient safety incidents, claiming there were shortfalls with the current system, including confusion regarding incident classification, inconsistency in the time taken to conduct and complete reviews, variable quality of reviews, and insufficient procedures for anonymising incidents.

The proposed national standards are spread across five themes, including governance and accountability and impact on the workforce.

According to the draft standards, which can be accessed online: “Service users and members of the public expect to be safe when using our health and mental health services. When the delivery of care falls below that quality, they are entitled to openness, to ask why and to be assured that measures have been taken to protect them and others from similar harm in the future.”

The new standards are the result of a collaboration between Hiqa and the Mental Health Commission.

Comments from the public can be submitted by downloading and completing, by November 4, the consultation feedback from hiqa.ie andmhcirl.ie.

Completed forms can be emailed to standards@hiqa.ie or standards@mhcirl.ie.

Read the standards at www.hiqa.ie and www.mhcirl.ie/for_H_Prof/Consultations/

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