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Trusts make progress on patient safety agenda

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Significant progress has been made in improving patient safety over the last year, according to a report published today by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA).

The report reviewed progress in meeting recommendations set out by the Chief Medical Officer for England, Sir Liam Donaldson, in his Safety First document, published in December 2006.

Since this time last year, a national patient safety forum and patient safety action teams have been established, a patient safety charter has been agreed and there have been improvements to patient safety data collection and analysis.

Sir Liam said: ‘It is heartening to see how many organisations have come together to make real achievements over the last year.

‘Very good progress has been made in many areas but there is no room for complacency,’ he added. ‘I look forward to 2008 being a safer place for patients.’

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