Too many primary care trusts are 'paying lip service' to a government programme intended to boost quality and safety after a string of high-profile scandals in the NHS, according to a report published by the cross-party public accounts committee.

It criticised 'a poor state of affairs' with 'defective' communication between PCTs, GPs, and other healthcare contractors. And it found only 4 per cent of GPs routinely report incidents to the National Patient Safety Agency.

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