UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Hospitals not keeping patients safe says Lamb

Press Release   •   Feb 17, 2010 09:15 GMT

“Patient safety should be the top priority for the NHS, not hitting targets," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary.

Commenting on today’s report from a medical charity which reveals that three-quarters of NHS Trusts are endangering patients by not complying with safety alerts meant to stop fatal errors recurring, Norman Lamb said:

“These figures reveal a shocking number of hospitals that are not making basic changes to keep patients safe.

“The Government must admit that its obsession with politically driven targets is putting doctors and nurses under impossible pressure and patients’ lives at risk.

“When things go badly wrong for patients, the Liberal Democrats believe that the boards of hospital trusts must be accountable. 

“Patient safety should be the top priority for the NHS, not hitting targets.”