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NHS will face fresh calls for change

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The NHS faces a fresh wave of reform recommendations this summer aimed at improving quality and safety, with two influential reviews triggered by the Francis inquiry due to report in the same month, according to LGC’s sister title Health Service Journal

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International patient safety expert Don Berwick is due to complete a broad review of all 290 of Robert Francis QC’s recommendations – and of how the health service can improve its ‘whole system’ approach to safety – in July.

A review of trusts with consistently high mortality, rates led by NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh, is expected to report in the same month. LGC’s sister title Health Service Journal has been told the review will make wide-ranging recommendations, covering – among other things – the work of the proposed chief inspector of hospitals.

Professor Berwick was formerly president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on patient safety and improvement. He was appointed to lead the US public healthcare system in 2010, but had to resign a year later due to political opposition.

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