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Hunt plans disclosure drive to cut medical errors

One in five hospitals are not taking patient safety seriously enough despite the Mid Staffs scandal, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, will claim on Tuesday as he launches a drive to reduce medical errors.

In a new assessment exercise, all hospital trusts in England have been rated good, OK or poor for their openness and honesty in reporting and responding to breaches of patient safety.

While 17.7% were classed as good and 61.7% as OK, the other 20.6% received a red rating, denoting poor performance. Those ranked poor are reporting too few patient incidents or not reporting often enough, or staff feel the trust’s response to mistakes has not been good enough.

The Department of Health has published the figures before the launch on Tuesday of a website – the first of its kind in the world – that will let patients and relatives see how well a hospital is doing on patient safety.

Read more in The Guardian.

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