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National Patient-Safety Strategy in the Works

A small steering committee will oversee development of the national strategy, with input from approximately 5 working groups. “The committee will be expected, over the next 6 months or so, to develop a fairly detailed draft proposal, with a business plan, and then distribute it to all the participants and other organizations that we hope will be involved,” said Langer.

"It's going to be very important to have public participation, and that by the end of a year we have a detailed proposal." Asked if an investment in the order of $50 million over 5 years will be needed, as was the case in Australia, Langer said it's far too early to predict costs. "I don't think I can make estimates. It will take some funding to get it started and I'm optimistic we will have no trouble in getting the seed money to put this steering committee and working groups together. But it's such an important issue and it could have such a substantial impact on health care that … we're talking millions of dollars, I just don't know how many millions."

Wayne Kondro

Canadian Medical Association Journal, 165 (9), 1247 (2001)

Resource Link: www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/165/9/1247-a

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