Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch to be set up to investigate failings of care in NHS Hospitals

16 May 2016

The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, has recently announced that a new independent body will be set up to investigate sub standard care in NHS Hospitals and review the cause of all hospital deaths. The new Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch is due to come into existence from April 2018.

The scheme is meant to be focused on “no blame” and look to improve patient safety in altering and developing processes to limit sub standard treatment.

James Braund, specialist clinical negligence solicitor at Trethowans LLP’s Poole Office states that “the establishment of the new Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch should be welcomed, as should any step to look to improve medical treatment and care. However the finer details of the proposals have yet to be set out and it remains to be seen how much of an impact upon improving medical care the new body will have in reality.”