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Hunt on NHS: 'Punish neglect, don't punish mistakes'

Patient safety must become the top priority in the NHS in England, according to a major review.

The report by Prof Don Berwick, US President Barack Obama's former health adviser, said problems existed "throughout" the system. It also calls for a new criminal offence of "wilful or reckless neglect".

However, Prof Berwick added the NHS remained an "international gem" and could be the safest system in the world.

The review was set up in the wake of the scandal at the Mid Staffordshire Hospital Trust, where hundreds more people died than would normally have been expected.

Ben Brown spoke with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt about his response to the review findings.

  • 06 Aug 2013
  • From the section Health
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