Clinician input key to hospital quality and safety
AMA Position Statement on Quality and Safety in Hospital Practice
The AMA today released its revised Position Statement on Quality and Safety in Hospital Practice.
The Position Statement applies to quality and safety in hospital practice in both public and private hospitals.
AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said today that the AMA advocates for doctors to be partners with hospital managers in the clinical governance of safety and quality systems in hospitals.
“It is vital that clinicians are involved in the development, implementation and maintenance of these systems,” Dr Hambleton said.
“Clinician involvement will help ensure that risks are analysed and reduced on a continuing basis to protect patients from harm.”
Hospital accreditation arrangements require hospitals to have quality improvement systems and risk management systems.
The position Statement sets out the AMA view on:
· the importance of a focus on quality and safety in hospital practice;
· the essential components in providing a high quality and safe hospital; and
· the essential qualities characteristics of a robust clinical governance system.
The AMA Position Statement on Quality and Safety in Hospital Practice 2013 is available at http://ama.com.au/position-statement/quality-and-safety-hospital-parctice-2013
10 April 2013
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