The Francis Report on Mid Staffs said the NHS must adopt a culture of zero tolerance for patient harm. Speaking on Newsnight, Tuesday 16.4, Donald Berwick, government adviser on patient safety, said this aspiration is needed in order to achieve levels of patient safety achieved by eg Salford Royal Hospital. It is also what is needed when considering whether the breast screening programme is fit for purpose, because of high levels of over-diagnosis, over-treatment and other harms plus ineffectiveness – known to researchers and health professionals, but not made explicit to women invited to screening, who mostly do not have access to the research and so, after years of misinformation, still think it will ‘save their life’. Thousands of healthy women become ‘cancer patients’ who otherwise would have remained healthy ‘non-patients’. Where’s the person/patient safety in that?
Nothing Personal: Disturbing Undercurrents in Cancer Care
Used in medical education.
Includes referenced discussion sections for evidence-based practice.
- Medical Journalists' Association Open Book Award
"A landmark for the patient voice"
- Macmillan Cancer Support
"A remarkable book... essential reading for all who deal with cancer patients - health professionals, politicians, health service developers, carers and, of course, patients themselves... will surely inspire change."
- Professor Karol Sikora in his foreword.