This conference was a timely opportunity to discuss the next steps for reducing clinical negligence in the NHS - looking at key issues for patient safety, legal reform and next steps for policy.
The seminar followed the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan and the announcement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care of a new national patient safety strategy, which is expected to be released later this year and will look at fostering a culture of transparency and accountability.
Delegates assessed what more can be done to reduce patient harm, learn from harm when negligence occurs and improve patient safety in the NHS - including the role of programmes such as Getting It Right First Time in reducing unwarranted variation in care.
Further sessions discussed the impact of the Civil Liability Act and Post-implementation review of Part 2 of Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act: initial assessment on controlling the cost of litigation and reducing the pressures on the NHS - as well as what further measures might be taken to prevent claims going to court.
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