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Follow-up to PHSO report on clinical investigations

Inquiry

The Committee's report welcomes the creation of HSIB as a critical step towards improving how the NHS in England investigates patient safety incidents. But for it to succeed the Government must bring forward primary legislation making it fully independent from the NHS and securing a statutory 'safe space' in which medical professionals, patients, their families and carers, can speak candidly about the most serious risks to patient safety, in a 'no blame' environment.

HSIB must also take full responsibility for setting national investigations standards and providing appropriate accreditation and training for local investigators.