Patients benefit from safe reporting

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1 February 2007, AMSTERDAM - Public Health Minister Hans van Hoogervorst received an accord on Thursday concerning patient safety. The accord was signed by the umbrella organisations of hospitals, doctors, nursing staff and patients.

1 February 2007

AMSTERDAM - Public Health Minister Hans van Hoogervorst received an accord on Thursday concerning patient safety. The accord was signed by the umbrella organisations of hospitals, doctors, nursing staff and patients.

There have been many incidents of negligence or deliberate abuse at care institutions because of weak links in the chain. Health care workers are more likely to report incidents if they are in a safe environment

The accord is an important part of the safety management system that all hospitals must have in place from 1 January 2008. This system is aimed at improving quality and safety in care.

This kind of system can only succeed if all professionals at hospitals support it. Workers must feel secure enough to be able to report incidents.

The accord was drawn up in response to a survey by doctors' organisation KNMG. Protection for those reporting incidents and the rights of the patient are central to the accord.

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