New agreement to make hospitals safer for all

The
executive agency of the NHS has signed a new agreement with the Health and
Safety Executive (HSE) to make hospitals in England safer for staff, patients
and visitors.

A
new ‘concordat’ between the two bodies sets out a blue print for working
together on planned safety initiatives.

The
document targets specific areas that cause the most accidents or cases of ill
health within the healthcare sector.

Some
of the main areas highlighted include slips, trips and falls, maintenance
safety and violence against staff.

The
concordat has been drawn up to ensure the two organisations can harmonise
advice and guidance to staff and produce accurate benchmark data.

By Ross Wigham

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