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Government to appoint Patient Safety Commissioner for England
The Government has provided an update on its response to the recommendations made by the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety (IMMDS) Review report which was published in July 2020 (see our earlier blogs here and here).
Readers will recall that the IMMDS review looked at three medical interventions - the hormone pregnancy test Primodos, the anti-epileptic drug sodium valproate and implanted pelvic mesh. A total of nine recommendations were made by the review after finding that these treatments had caused avoidable harm to patients. It also found that when patient concerns were raised they were not listened to or acted upon.
We set out below the Government’s actions in response to the recommendations – and its commitment to “hear the voice of the patient” as part of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy.
The Government plan to respond further to the report of the IMMDS Review during 2021.
Paterson inquiry update
Work on the Government response was temporarily paused last spring due to the first wave of Covid-19. However, there are plans to publish the Government’s initial response shortly (see our earlier article on the findings of the Paterson inquiry).
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