Patient Safety

Nurse staffing levels should be reported as part of patient safety investigations

The RCN has said the creation of an independent body to investigate serious patient safety incidents in England could only work effectively if health care is redefined as a safety critical industry.

In evidence submitted to the Draft Health Services Safety Investigation Bill (HSSIB) Committee, the College said health care should be reframed to avoid errors and improve patient outcomes.

Dame Professor Donna Kinnair, Director of Nursing, Policy and Practice at the RCN, told MPs and peers at a committee hearing today that the bill in its current form places disproportionate emphasis on blaming individuals, and ignores examining the wider context in which mistakes can happen.

She said, “With staffing levels on many shifts below recommended safety guidelines, it is unjust, and potentially misleading to emphasise individual blame when systems and procedures are at fault.”


Read the full article on the RCN website here.

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