The Berwick Report was published this week. It distils the lessons learned and specifies the changes needed in the wake of the Frances Inquiry into the Mid Staffordshire tragedy.
I'm familiar with Don Berwick's writing and I've heard him speak. A giant in the world of healthcare quality improvement, he has inspired me to see the world differently. I hoped that his voice would not have lost any of its impact and I was not disappointed. The Frances report was a landmark publication for NHS England with implications for the rest of the UK but the Berwick Report is one for the NHS of Great Britain. It has important messages for all.
Reading the social media sites, it's apparent that the Berwick Report has had a mixed reception with various groups feeling that the recommendations just don't go far enough. Everyone has a perspective borne of their experience and I respect their view. However, I urge the critics to look deeper.