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Patient safety focus of Island summit

Expertise passed on at key Manx conference

Ensuring the safety of patients in the Manx healthcare system looks set to move up the agenda, after a conference hosted by Island health chiefs.

The summit, opened by the new health minister Kate Beecroft, brought together a panel of experts in patient safety issues from around the UK.

Good leadership and collaboration among those working health and social care emerged as key factors in driving up standards.

Mrs Beecroft told the Island's third annual Patient Safety Conference the issue is a top priority to which her department has an 'absolute commitment'.

Seven respected UK speakers shared their experience and research - among them the patron of UK charity Action Against Medical Accidents and the head of the National Confidential Inquiry into Patient Outcome and Death.

Local health and social staff heard presentations on improving the culture of safety within a hospital, best practice and benchmarking, medication management and the human factors that affect patient safety.

The department's chief executive Malcolm Couch said a clear message had emerged: the need for openness and transparency when things go wrong, and listening and learning to put things right.     

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