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NHS urged to back plan to help patients harmed by mistakes

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Patients and families who suffer avoidable harm as a result of mistakes in the NHS should be given targeted help and support to recover.

Campaign group the Harmed Patients Alliance and patient safety charity Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) believe the NHS needs to develop a specific harmed patient pathway to care for families affected by errors in their care.

They are hoping to define what the pathway will look like in partnership with families, patients and NHS trusts with the idea of piloting an approach in the NHS and getting it adopted nationally.

There are more than two million safety incidents reported in the NHS every year, with more than 10,000 incidents resulting in severe harm and death.

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Source: The Independent, 11 February 2021

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