Patients not at risk says Trust

Pinderfields Hospital general view
Pinderfields Hospital general view

THE health trust which runs Pinderfields Hospital has dismissed claims it left patients at risk by failing to comply with NHS safety alerts.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust defended its safety record after a report showed it missed deadlines to implement national procedures designed to prevent harm to patients.

The report by campaign group Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA) showed that four of the alerts issued by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), were outstanding.

But trust bosses said action was being taken on the alerts, which showed as outstanding because an audit of the measures was not yet complete.

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

The AvMA report said dozens of health trusts UK-wide had not complied with alerts.

Peter Walsh, the group’s chief executive, said the alerts were about known problems which cause harm or death in the NHS.

He said: “Timely implementation of these alerts is vital to save lives.”

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust said safety was the top priority and no patients were at risk.

Tim Hendra, the trust’s medical director, said: “Our system is to ensure that we not only respond to alerts but that we audit the effectiveness of any measures and actions that are put in place.

“Because we do not close alerts until they have been audited, they can appear to be ‘outstanding’ on the system. This does not mean we are not taking appropriate action.

“None of the remaining actions in the four outstanding alerts pose a patient safety risk and we expect to close these alerts very shortly.”