New dawn for patient safety

The providers’ view

In the wake of the Paterson Inquiry, the private providers’ trade body boss David Hare outlines some key actions that need to gather pace now.

The Bishop of Norwich’s long-awaited report into the case of rogue surgeon Ian Paterson was always going to be hard-hitting.

Rt Revd Graham James. © Chris McAndrew

Given the many hundreds of victims harmed by Paterson, the Bishop’s findings left no stone unturned. 

Describing ‘a healthcare system which proved itself dysfunctional at almost every level when it came to keeping patients safe’, the Bishop made clear that victims had been let down ‘time and time again’ by the whole system.

That included Paterson’s fellow clinicians, healthcare providers, regulators and insurers. 

Anybody reading the report will be struck by the power of the victims’ testimonies and be moved by their suffering. This was a tragic case and it is incumbent upon everybody in healthcare to ensure patients are not failed like this again.