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Lee Mc Gill

  1. 1. Patient Safety: A Priority for the European Commission Mr Lee McGill Health Strategy & Health Systems Unit DG SANCO European Commission Towards Better Cancer Care in Europe: The ESMO MOSES III Survey, Panel 2 Brussels, 15 October 2008
  2. 2. The need for action on patient safety <ul><li>Efforts across Europe to provide safe, high quality healthcare. </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing awareness of healthcare-related injuries and adverse events. </li></ul><ul><li>Few EU Member States with information on the prevalence of adverse events. </li></ul><ul><li>Studies suggest major health impacts and economic costs from adverse events. </li></ul><ul><li>Experience and common sense suggest targeted programmes, policies and initiatives can improve patient safety levels . </li></ul>
  3. 3. EU involvement in patient safety to date <ul><li>Patient Safety Working Group of the High Level Group on Health Services and Medical Care from 2005-2008. </li></ul><ul><li>Community co-funded patient safety projects, including EUNetPaS, OECD on indicators and SImpPatIE. </li></ul><ul><li>Other EU initiatives . </li></ul>
  4. 4. EUNetPaS <ul><li>A good example of a Community co-funded project. </li></ul><ul><li>All 27 Member States and a number of stakeholders involved as partners. </li></ul><ul><li>A repository for patient safety research findings, experiences and good practice on patient safety. </li></ul><ul><li>A pilot study to test a practical sharing of good practice in the area of medication safety. </li></ul><ul><li>A 30 month project – what then? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Which adverse events are of most concern? <ul><li>Q 11 </li></ul>
  6. 6. A role for the EU? Q 59
  7. 7. Contents of the Recommendation 1 <ul><li>Proposes action in the following areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support the development of national patient safety policies and programmes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Empower and inform citizens and patients </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish or strengthen reporting and learning systems on adverse events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote the development of a 'patient safety culture' through education and training of health professionals and management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop and promote research on patient safety </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Contents of the Recommendation 2 <ul><ul><li>Classify, codify and measure patient safety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share knowledge, experience and best practice at European level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additionally, for HAIs specifically : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implement a national strategy for the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appoint a national multi-disciplinary Committee for the coordination of the implementation of the national strategy </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Next Steps & Conclusions <ul><li>Commission adopts Communication & Council Recommendation by end of 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>Discussions in Council 2009 during Czech Presidency. </li></ul><ul><li>Much still to be done at Member State level. </li></ul><ul><li>A definite supportive role for the European Union . </li></ul><ul><li>A need for politcal commitment and sustainability . </li></ul>

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