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NHS failing to comply with safety guidelines, charity finds

Published on 13/08/2010
The NHS is failing to comply with patient safety guidelines, putting peoples' lives at risk, one charity has claimed.

Action against Medical Accidents found that there were more than 1,200 cases where hospitals had not acted on alerts once the deadline for the implementation of safety measures had passed.

When an accident occurs - usually resulting in the death of a patient - the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) must issue safety checks for other hospitals to follow, so that the mistake does not occur again.

Chief executive of the charity Peter Walsh, told the Daily Telegraph: "There can be no excuse for trusts continuing to put lives at unnecessary risk."

Mr Walsh highlighted his concern over the abolition of the NSPA under government spending cuts, appealing to know how the system can be made "robust" in the future.

The findings could urge some people to consider taking out a healthcare plan and be treated in a private hospital.
 
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