Policy paper

Health Service Safety Investigations Bill

This draft bill establishes a new independent healthcare safety investigation body to improve patient safety.



The draft bill proposes setting up the Health Service Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB).

The HSSIB will conduct investigations which focus on learning from patient safety incidents in the NHS, to reduce health care harm and improve patient care.

The draft bill allows the HSSIB to conduct investigations using ‘safe space’. ‘Safe space’ is a set of legal powers that prevent the HSSIB from disclosing the information it gathers in the course of an investigation.

Published 14 September 2017
Last updated 25 September 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added document: memorandum to the delegated powers and regulatory reform committee.
  2. First published.