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Regulating patient safety in the European Union: realistic aspiration or unattainable goal?

ByJEAN V. McHALE

Patient safety is an issue which has been the source of much concern over recent years, both at domestic and international level. In the UK a report of an expert group chaired by the Chief Medical Offi cer’s ‘An Organisation with a Memory’ in 2000 highlighted how patient safety was a serious concern. 1 It has been suggested that in the European Union (EU) itself somewhere between 8 and 12 per cent of patients suffer adverse effects while receiving healthcare. 2 It is thus unsurprising that the EU has become increasingly concerned with issues of patient safety.