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NHS: Triage Assessment

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 1 April 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the investigation into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, all NHS trusts have been asked to confirm that the assessment and triaging of patients is undertaken by appropriately trained and supervised clinical staff. [HL2350]

It is the responsibility of every National Health Service organisation to ensure the safety and quality of the services they are responsible for on behalf of the communities they serve.

On 18 March 2009, David Nicholson, NHS chief executive, wrote to the chairs, chief executives, medical directors and nurse directors of all NHS organisations in order to ensure the recommendations in the report by the Health Care Commission into the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust are fully understood by their boards and that any local actions identified as necessary are implemented immediately. In particular, he asked the boards of all primary care trusts to assure themselves that the accident and emergency services they purchase on behalf of their patients meet the standards that patients and the public rightly expect from the NHS.

A copy of this letter has been placed in the Library.