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Health Secretary hosts Global Patient Safety Summit

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A week ago, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt held the first ministerial-level Global Patient Safety Summit, which brought together world health leaders to prioritise patient safety.

Secretary of State announced a series of patient safety measures in his speech to encourage a learning culture in the NHS and to move away from blame.

These new measures included a safe space for people to speak up at the new Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch, a new learning from mistakes league and the introduction of medical examiners from 2018.

Watch Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt outline why holding an international patient safety summit was so important:

We caught up with many of the speakers and attendees at the Summit.

Sir Robert Francis, who led the inquiry into the scandal at Mid Staffordshire, emphasised why the move towards a learning culture in the NHS will help prevent further mistakes.


James Titcombe, Morecambe Bay parent and National Adviser on Patient Safety, Culture and Quality said:

From my own experience at Morecambe Bay, going back a long time before my particular tragedy, there were opportunities to learn that were missed basically because people were frightened and the learning didn't take place. I think if we had the culture where the response to these tragedies was primarily we've got to learn the lessons and we've got to stop them from happening again, that would make a huge difference.


And Martin Bromiley, who champions safety both in the airline industry and in healthcare, told us his perspective:


Director General of the World Health Organization Magaret Chan announced at the Summit that next year, the WHO will host its first International Patient Safety Day which will take forward the international patient safety movement.

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