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National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare welcome but cuts will hinder implementation – Ó Caoláin

26 June, 2012 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin health and children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has welcomed the publication of the National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare which were drawn up by the Health Information and Quality Authority and endorsed today by Health Minister James Reilly.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“The National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare have been long in the making and their publication and endorsement are very welcome. They provide a robust set of standards for patient care in our health services. I welcome the strong emphasis on a patient-centred approach and on prioritising safety, effective care – including equitable access to care – and good management.

“The presentation by Margaret Murphy of the World Health Organisation Patients for Patient Safety Campaign, whose son Kevin died of hypercalcaemia as a result of very poor care in our health system, was a moving reminder of the need for the implementation of the highest possible standards.

“There is already a strong commitment to high healthcare standards among the vast majority working in the health services and these National Standards will provide a new impetus.

“However, the implementation of the standards will be hindered by the current regime of cuts being imposed on the health services, cuts which directly affect patients and staff. These cuts mean, for example, that hard-pressed staff often have less time to listen to patients, an indispensable element in ensuring the best possible care.”

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