Managers could face prosecution without infection control

Healthcare-associated infections are a serious problem in the NHS. It can only be a matter of time before a prosecution is brought against managers and clinicians at a hospital trust, says Andrew Jones.

Why have I suddenly become interested in infection control? First, it would be impossible to miss the fallout from Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells. Second, as a doctor it is important to keep apprised of important clinical developments. And third, I now hold a rather large corporate indemnity policy working with 9,000 consultants and could end up in court.

Any doubting clinical or medical directors should have a quick look at the Corporate Manslaughter Act, which comes into force in April.

“What needs to change depends on which comes first – clinical leadership, a technological solution, a prosecution or the growth of patient power”

Corporate Manslaughter Act

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