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Patient safety plan is pure madness

I am amazed at what the Government thinks up sometimes ('DH plans safety clampdown on GPs'). How can a mandatory reporting system actually work?

Nobody will know if there were any breaches of the mandatory requirement unless the incident was reported, in which case there wouldn't be a breach of the requirement to report. And is it not an infringement of patients' rights to have data on them reported routinely for all minor incidents?

I estimate there are around three to four possible incidents that could be reported for every patient I see in surgery.

Just the other night approximately 2,500 possibly reportable clinical incidents were generated by a 20-second clip on the news showing a young girl highly distressed by the Government's response to so-called 'killer swine flu' in her school. I could easily spend more time reporting incidents that nobody is going to do anything about than actually seeing patients.

Should we also phone patients regularly to ask them if they have had any 'patient safety' incidents since we last called? They could easily have tripped up, coughed, sneezed or perhaps breathed in some air. Can we just make bulk reports of patients who might have been so endangered? This would save some time for us.

I just hope the boffins have to investigate every individual patient separately.

Will Pulse be carrying advertisements for the data checkers? We will need to employ about 78 million of them to keep on top of these reports.

From Dr David Church, Machynlleth, Powys

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