The importance to patient safety of clinician-led mortality auditing needs system-wide recognition
In April 2010, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed on health and hospitals reform, with the establishment of the National Health and Hospitals Network. The aims of the network include “helping patients receive more seamless care across sectors of the health system” and “improving the quality of care” with “high-performance standards”.1 As a key component of the reforms and a funding condition, health facilities will be required to regularly report performance data to the federal government. Data will be based on national performance indicators that are already agreed to by COAG and address “access to services, quality of service delivery, financial responsibility, patient outcomes and/or patient experience”.2
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