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Minister officially opens 4th National Patient Safety Conference

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Minister for Health Leo Varadkar today officially opened the Fourth National Patient Safety Conference in the Croke Park Conference Centre.
Minister Varadkar said: “People seek health care because they want to get better. Sometimes, however, their condition can be made worse. They might get the wrong medicines, pick up an infection, be given the wrong diagnosis or treatment. There will always be risks in health care and medicine is not an exact science but it is incumbent on all of us to minimise risks and learn from mistakes or near misses so they do not recur. This conference is all about raising patient safety to the next level.”

This Conference follows on from the launch of the “Patient Safety First Initiative” at the first Patient Safety Conference in September 2010. The Conference aims to promote the objectives of Patient Safety First, provide updates in relation to current developments and provide a forum for networking and interaction between key stakeholders in relation to the patient safety agenda. This year’s programme includes UK speakers and national speakers, updates on patient safety initiatives and examples of local good practice.”

The huge interest in the Conference is reflected in the number of registrations – over 400 – and the number of abstract papers submitted – 107 – and is concrete evidence that patient safety is foremost in the delivery of health and social services.

The Conference is being streamed live here