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Nominations Called For New Commission

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media
Tony Ryall
Tony Ryall

Wellington, Feb 12 NZPA - The Government is seeking health professionals to sit on a new commission aimed at improving quality and safety in services provided.

The Quality and Safety Improvement Commission is part of health system reforms that came out of the Ministerial Review Group (MRG) last year. The commission will replace the Quality Improvement Committee.

Health Minister Tony Ryall said serious and sentinel event reporting would shift to the new commission along with other safety and quality monitoring and reporting.

Estimated avoidable adverse events cost the health system between $500 million and $600 million a year.

"Realistically we can't save all of that overnight -- but even a 20 percent reduction in errors could save us approximately $100m a year that could be reinvested into frontline services," Mr Ryall said.

"We want gains in better and safer care; better results and better patient experiences and we want clinicians to lead this."

The commission will have a minimum of seven members and appointments will be for up to three years.

Nominations close on March 8.

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