The European Network for Safer Healthcare is an informal group of health stakeholders working together to ensure patient and healthcare workforce safety is in the EU policy limelight.
Safety is a paramount concern for patients and healthcare workers in Europe. Multiple factors, such as antibiotic resistance, infections, viral contagions, simple procedural or fulfillment errors, exposure to hazardous drugs, threaten everyone`s safety in healthcare settings.
Ensuring the highest standards of safety for patients and the health workforce is the cornerstone of an effective health system and an indicator of quality of care.
How to build a safer healthcare system? How can health stakeholders and policymakers jointly act to protect and save lives?
By Treaty, the EU is expected to support its Member States in coordinating their efforts to protect public health. The European Commission is well placed to help share best practice and has taken a number of steps to improve patient and health workforce safety in Europe.
MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO REDUCE THE COST OF UNSAFE HEALTHCARE
The direct cost of unsafe care is about EUR 21 billion or 1.5 percent of health expenditure for EU countries. Investing in safer healthcare will prevent 260.000 fewer incidents of permanent disability, and 95.000 fewer deaths per year. It is vitally important that safety in the healthcare system is safeguarded when devising policy responses to pressing health needs.
The European Network for Safer Healthcare is firmly resolved to represent a constructive, vigilant and responsive 3rd party body to support European and national initiatives aimed at enshrining best practice in patient safety in the EU.