Policy paper

Learning not blaming: response to 3 reports on patient safety

Response to: Morecambe Bay Investigation, Freedom to Speak Up and the Public Administration Select Committee report on clinical incidents.


Equality analysis: implementation of the measures proposed in the consultation response on the report of the Freedom to Speak Up review

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‘Learning not blaming’ sets out the government’s position on:

The 3 reports cover distinct areas, and the government response addresses the points and recommendations raised in each report. There are some themes common to each report, including the importance of:

  • openness, honesty and candour
  • listening to patients, families and staff
  • finding and facing the truth
  • learning from errors and failures in care
  • people and professionalism

The equality analysis assesses how the measures set out in response to the Freedom to Speak Up review affect equality.

Published 16 July 2015