In the past, there has always been reticence to own up to mistakes for fear of reprieve or litigation. An open and transparent NHS which encourages learning from mistakes, rather than criticism, has to be a good thing and something which must be nurtured and encouraged. Unless we learn from our mistakes, we will never improve.
“To deliver a safer NHS for patients, seven days a week we need to unshackle ourselves from a quick-fix blame culture and acknowledge that sometimes bad mistakes can be made by good people,” [Jeremy Hunt] will tell a global summit on patient safety in London. "It is a scandal that every week there are potentially 150 avoidable deaths in our hospitals and it is up to us all to make the need for whistleblowing and secrecy a thing of the past as we reform the NHS and its values and move from blaming to learning,” he will add. Under the new system, any staff who contributed to an independent investigation would receive legal protection for the evidence they gave, allowing doctors and nurses to speak more freely in the wake of an error.