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Patients: Safety

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt Conservative, South West Surrey

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that patients play an active role in promoting their own safety.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The NHS Patient Safety Strategy, published in July 2019, sets out plans to create patient safety partners – patients, carers, families and lay people involved at all levels in National Health Service organisations - to improve safety. This work includes empowering patients to become active partners in their own safety.

The National Patient Safety team is working with patient and public voice representatives and wider NHS stakeholders on a framework for involving Patient Safety Partners. This is expected to be published in 2019/20.

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