One in five NHS trusts may be being dishonest about the number of patient safety incidents that occur in their hospitals.
This failure to declare could put patients at risk – both now and in the future – so ministers are looking to clamp down on under-reporting.
New safety website
Recently published figures show that 20% of acute NHS trusts in England have been flagged by health officials for under-reporting patient safety incidents, including events that cause severe harm, serious injury or even death.
The Department of Health (DH) and NHS England is therefore launching a new tool to enable members of the general public to see how well their hospital is performing on a number of key safety measures.
Each trust listed on the new site is given a rating for its reporting culture.
This is based on five different categories; potential under-reporting of patient safety incidents, possible under-reporting of incidents leading to death or severe harm, potential under-reporting of accidents which resulted in no harm, the organisation’s reporting to the National Reporting and Learning System and how staff feel the trust responds to safety issues.
Other data to be published includes information on infection control, cleanliness and whether or not patients are assessed for blood clots.
Concerns are raised when a trust may not be reporting enough incidents, not reporting these events often enough or where staff feel that the organisation is not responding to incident reports as well as they could.
Duty of care
Hospitals have a duty of care to look after patients at all times.
When they break this duty of care, however, it may be possible to make a claim for negligence.
Accident Advice Helpline can lend a hand when it comes to seeking injury compensation from a hospital.
How much money you can claim will depend on a number of factors, but you can see how much you could be entitled to by taking a quick 30-second test.
Source: The Guardian