03 July 2009
The Royal College of Surgeons welcomes the publication of Health Select Committee report which makes valuable contributions to the debate on patient safety.
We support the committee recommendations to increase data collection within the NHS through the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) and to undertake root cause analysis. We would be keen to meet with the National Patient Safety Agency to discuss ways in which clinical input can contribute to this analysis in order to maximise the impact of the NRLS in improving patient safety in surgery.
We are pleased that the committee has highlighted the value of college inspections for accrediting training of junior doctors, which ceased with the establishment of PMETB. The model relied on face to face interviews and human insights and judgments making it uniquely effective in identifying potential patient safety issues.
We agree that the introduction of new technologies is vitally important for surgery in the NHS and the College has a key role to play in training surgeons to use these technologies appropriately, safely and effectively. It is also imperative that all surgeons are given the appropriate opportunities and protected time in which to train.