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'More work to do' for better patient safety

Update on health reforms due in Tynwald

Healthcare services should be responsive to stronger scrutiny from patients and the public, a report has found.

The Department of Health and Social Care document, which will go before Tynwald next week, provides an update on the progress of over 200 recommendations made in 2013.

The recommendations were made in light of an NHS Foundation Trust investigation, known as the 'Francis Report', which found serious failings in patient safety at UK hospitals.

This month's Tynwald report shows that the Manx Health and Social Care Department has made progress in many of those areas - such as external peer reviews, and efforts to improve public engagement via community roadshows.

But it also highlights the need for additional service regulations, and as a Department becoming more responsive to patient complaints.

Health Minister Kate Beecroft said the findings will 'allow the DHSC to take stock of its progress to date, but there is more work to do'.

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