Saturday, January 21, 2006

Patient Safety

Thank you, Dr Kee & Dr Lee for voicing so eloquently, their views about changes that need to happen in order to improve clinical quality. I wish that these letters had been printed in the newspaper, with a greater audience, instead of just on the online forum. It would be one small step towards a greater understanding by the general public that medical errors do happen but a great deal can be done to reduce risk of these errors happening.

It will take a nudge from the people to get The Powers That Be to get things moving in the right direction where this issue is concerned.


Contemplateur said...

I'm a lot less sanguine... I fear that it will take a major high-profile court case before things will get changed...

igakunogakusei said...

Ahh I missed those articles by Dr Kee and Lee, the ST 7-day online availability is up.

I tend to agree with contemplateur. Sadly though, court cases usually get blown out of proportion (in this case, a good thing) if the victim here is someone of relatively good standing and hence has the ability to take the case forward. These individuals usually pay more and get better "treatment" though, and usually have less to complain about.

That, or someone has to uncover some grostesque statistic - which, have many a time been brought to the public's attention, to no avail. So diagnosis? Is the public still just immune? And the Powers That Be still nonchalant? The prognosis, if so, is poor. As it is with most conditions where the patient lacks insight.

The question then is this: do we sit around and wait until "shit happens"? Pardon my ignorance and immaturity, but what is the SMA doing about this? Any idea? I find it hard to believe that no practical steps are at least being planned to take place.

aliendoc said...

Sad to say but a lot more is involved than just clinical quality...the "P" word , for example. I don't think the SMA can do much until the Powers initiate the first step towards awareness of the problems, and the approriate introduction of corrective measures.

Fortunately, most of the govt hospitals have already started the ball rolling with the JCI accreditation - small steps but at least they have been taken.