Health trust slammed for failing to act

THE health trust which runs the Royal Lancaster Infirmary has been slammed for failing to act on national safety alerts.

The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBFT) failed to act on nine mandatory NHS alerts in 2010, according to research by the patient support organisation Action Against Medical Accidents, which said patients had been put at risk.

Alerts are sent out by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) after mistakes have come to light around the country and none of the nine alerts concerned incidents at UHMBFT.

The NPSA alerts trusts to the safety precautions that must be taken so that errors are not repeated.

But UHMBFT medical director Peter Dyer said: “Patient safety has always, and will remain to be, one of our top priorities.

See the Lancaster Guardian (18-08-11) for full story.