Analysis

NHS set to save lives and money in new safety era

Strategy aimed at pulling existing NHS safety systems together to improve care over coming decade

Strategy aimed at pulling existing NHS safety systems together to improve care over coming decade

  • Safety and training framework to cover 1.3 million staff across 350 different roles
  • Maternity, neonatal, mental health, falls prevention and medicines safety targeted
  • Strategy could save around 1,000 lives and £100 million in care costs a year

Better patient safety has been a major concern for the NHS and the government for years.

The focus on the issue has led to new safety alert systems, detailed guidance on everything from sepsis to falls prevention and dedicated campaigns in high-risk areas such as maternity care.

£1 billion

a year is spent on treatment relating to mistakes

Source: NHS Patient Safety Strategy

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