Cyprus Mail

‘Patient security a top priority for health ministry’

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou

Patient security is a top priority for the Health Ministry, minister Constantinos Ioannou said on Saturday at a conference covering the issue plus protecting patients from human error.

Ioannou added the information received at this seminar, held in Cyprus for the second time, will be helpful to doctors, and attempts to reduce human error in the health sector.

Causes such as misdiagnosis, in-hospital infections and complications after surgery are just some of the most important causes of error in the health sector, he added.

However, he added: “the fact is that 50 per cent of these human errors can be prevented and avoided, thus protecting both patients and health professionals.”

Ioannou said the ministry has set up a Patient Safety Committee that will co-ordinate with the competent bodies on the preparation of a National Patient Safety Strategy-Action Plan.

This will include the promotion of education and training of healthcare workers in patient safety and the development and adherence to clinical guidelines, protocols, procedures and best practices in the clinical setting of all professional health teams, but also the establishment of incident reporting systems.


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