The impact of the Bristol Royal Infirmary disaster and inquiry on public services in the UK

Alaszewski, A.M. (2002) The impact of the Bristol Royal Infirmary disaster and inquiry on public services in the UK. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 16 (4). pp. 371-378. ISSN 1356-1820. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The inquiry into the services provided by the paediatric cardiac surgical team at Bristol Royal Infirmary between 1984 and 1995 marks a watershed in the development of health and social care services in the UK. There was an organisational failure of foresight based on a series of systemic and communication failures which contributed to oversight of an 'incubating' hazard which ultimately led to disaster. The recommendations of the Bristol inquiry have provided a major stimulus to the modernisation programme and especially of governance in health and social care which aims to restore public confidence and create 'high-trust' organisations. While it is premature to evaluate the impact of the changes, there is little evidence at present to indicate that they will improve the quality of professional decision making and the safety of users or enhance user and public confidence in the NHS and other public services.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: british royal infirmary disaster public services uk
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Samantha Osborne
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:12
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2010 13:39
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/369 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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