[Skip to content]

Search our Site
National Patient Safety Agency

NPSA welcomes Sir Liam Donaldson’s Annual Report

14 July 2008


Welcoming Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson’s Annual Report, Martin Fletcher of the NPSA said:


“We welcome the focus the report gives to patient safety, and surgical incidents in particular.


"In 2007, we received over 129,000 reports of patient safety incidents from surgical specialties. The incidents vary from incorrect treatment or procedure to misplaced patient notes. Not all of these incidents are serious but some have led to patient harm or death and many could have been prevented.


“We currently work in partnership with Royal Colleges, professional bodies and the NHS locally on a number of initiatives. We look forward to strengthening these relationships through the establishment of a clinical board for surgical safety.


“We are confident that through working together we will reduce the number of avoidable errors that lead to patient harm."




Notes for editors:


  1. Media enquiries to Sarah Hayward on 0207 927 9357 / sarah.hayward@npsa.nhs.uk, Paul Cooney on 0207 927 9351 / paul.cooney@npsa.nhs.uk or Matthew Grek on 0207 927 9362 / matthew.grek@npsa.nhs.uk in the NPSA Communications Directorate.

  2. The National Patient Safety Agency encompasses the National Research Ethics Service, Patient Safety Division and the National Clinical Assessment Service. Our vision is to lead and contribute to improved, safe patient care by informing, supporting and influencing healthcare individuals and organisations. Each division works within its sphere of expertise to improve patient outcomes. For more information visit www.npsa.nhs.uk.

  3. The NPSA is working in partnership with key organisations representing surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses to take forward work on a number of safety initiatives. These include:

  • Matching Michigan, ensuring that we are helping the NHS to close the gap between what we know and what we do.

  • Never Events which will allow us to test new ways to embed patient safety as an integral part of the way health services are commissioned and managed.

  • Rapid Response Reports, notices that present the evidence of harm to patients and identifying clear actions to reduce risks.