Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch and ‘safe space’

The new Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) is due to be operational from 1st April. A consultation about HSIB and about proposals to extend the controversial so-called ‘safe space’ arrangements to local investigations concluded in December 2106.

“Safe space” could see evidence being kept secret from patients/families even if relevant to what happened in their or their loved one’s treatment.

See AvMA’s response to the consultation here

An announcement from the Department of Health is expected soon.