Stephen Ramsden is chairman of the Patient Safety First campaign for England and chief executive of Luton & Dunstable foundation trust
Staff shortages, equipment shortages, inadequate supervision, delays all round, poor observation of sick patients, staff not sufficiently trained, call bells going unanswered, drugs not given at all or on time, problems with cleanliness, insufficient beds - is there an acute trust chief executive that can answer “none of the above”?
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How best can we drive up quality and safety in the NHS? The Darzi review will be important in determining the right balance between regulation and organisationally driven approaches. This is not an either/or scenario. We need both, but too much regulation will be counter-productive and demoralising to staff.
To make real strides in patient safety, we must win the hearts and minds of NHS staff and patients, mobilising them to be drivers of change