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# patient safety

This year
Patient Safety Bill long-sought by campaigners passes final stages in Oireachtas
The bill will require healthcare providers to disclose certain serious safety incidents where there previously was no obligation.
Last year
Donnelly warns he doesn't want patient safety Bill to create culture of fear within health service
Stephen Donnelly said he does not want to create a culture where people are ‘too afraid’ to report incidents.
All time
Doctors say criminal sanctions in new open disclosure law will 'generate fear'
Healthcare providers will have a duty to disclose serious patient safety incidents and failure to comply could result in a fine or imprisonment.
Government's patient safety legislation blasted by doctors and patients
Dr Rhona Mahony, former master of the National Maternity Hospital said the system pits doctors against patients.
'Patients at risk': Nurses ask health committee to investigate overcrowding at Limerick hospital
The letter states the hospital is in a ‘constant state of overcrowding’.
Injuries or near-injuries of patients at Irish hospitals jumped last year
There were an average of 160 patient safety incidents per day last year.
Majority of patients wait longer than six hours in an emergency department to be seen by a doctor
The results of the first ever National Patient Experience Survey show that long waiting times continue to be a problem in Irish hospitals.
Leo wants to make it easier for patients to complain
“The director of patient safety is somebody I want to run into in the lift every other day, it’s not somebody I want to meet in a formal meeting once every two months or six months.”
Bereaved parents: 'It needs to stop now, enough pain and enough hurt has been caused'
Calls have been made for HSE Chief Tony O’Brien to resign.
'He asked a nurse to be washed but there were 10 people in front of him'
It was told “from a quality and safety perspective this situation is unacceptable.”.
'Tragic cases like Savita Halappanavar make us strive to ensure our health service is safe'
Leo Varadkar said progress is being made on implementing the recommendations from the Portlaoise report.
Patients more likely to die when cared for by nurses with heavy workloads
In Ireland, the average patient-to-nurse ratio is 6·9, which is mid-range in comparison to other European countries.
'HSE says hospital overcrowding is improving, that's not what we're hearing'
The IAEM says the number of trolley inpatients in wards has increased since last year, not decreased.
HSE paid out over €255m on legal fees since 2005
The legal fees bill reached over €46.5m in 2012, an increase of more than €10 million on 2011.
Transparency in medical negligence cases could save the health system millions
Yesterday’s conference on medical negligence was told the health service could save millions if the traditional deny and defend policy was replaced.
Damning Savita report details litany of hospital care failures
A report from HIQA details the care received by Savita Halappanavar at University Hospital Galway in October 2012.
Kelleher: Leaked HSE patient safety risk report ‘frightening but not surprising’
The details of the leaked report reveal fears about risks to patient safety caused by understaffing and spending cuts.
€1.5 million research investment into healthcare quality and patient safety
The research project aims to identify the most immediate and important safety and quality issues in the health service and improve care by developing changes in policy and practice.
Reilly launches first ‘Early Warning Score’ for patient safety
The score is the first of the National Clinical Guidelines, and sets out how to recognise and respond to patients whose condition is deteriorating.