Providing safe care

The NHS will provide safe care, so that everyone is treated in a clean and safe environment and people are at a lower risk of avoidable health problems such as infections, blood clots or bed sores

The NHS Constitution sets out that patients should be able to expect to be treated in a safe and clean environment and to be protected from avoidable harm. In recent years the NHS has made progress in developing a culture of patient safety through the introduction of stronger clinical governance within organisations.

The NHS Commissioning Board is being asked to continue to reduce the number of incidents of avoidable harm and make measurable progress to embed a culture of patient safety in the NHS including through improved reporting of incidents.

Read more about what the Government is asking the NHS to do to provide safe care

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