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MPs question Government’s preferred candidate for Patient Safety Commissioner

30 June 2022

Dr Henrietta Hughes will appear before the Health and Social Care Committee for pre-appointment scrutiny following the Government’s announcement that she is the preferred candidate for the role of Patient Safety Commissioner.

Purpose of the Session

The post of Patient Safety Commissioner was created in 2021 in response to a recommendation of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review which considered avoidable harm in the health sector. The PSC is expected to act as an independent advocate for patients and champion safety.

MPs will consider the candidate’s prior experience, suitability for the new role and their priorities.  

A practising GP, Henrietta Hughes has a background in women’s health. She was the National Guardian for the NHS until 2021. In addition to her clinical work, she is a medical appraiser for NHS England and Chair of Childhood First, a charity for severely traumatised children.


Tuesday 5 July

At 11.30:

  • Dr Henrietta Hughes, Government’s preferred candidate for Patient Safety Commissioner

Further information

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