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Hertfordshire County Council

The NHS

Patient safety must always be the priority

Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt inspired staff to prize patient safety above all else and to speak up if they have concerns and to admit to errors.

"There is a world of difference between gross negligence and human error," he said, to a packed-out room at Watford General Hospital during his visit on Friday 15 June.

"We have to be brutally brave when it comes to safety."

Local healthcare heroes chosen to represent region in NHS 70 birthday parliamentary awards - diabetes and mental health team

The diabetes team from West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and the mental health team from Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

A local diabetes and mental health team has been chosen from hundreds of applicants to represent the central midlands region in a prestigious competition to mark the NHS's 70th birthday.

As regional champion in the ‘Excellence in Mental Health Care’ award category, they will now vie with other regional winners from across England for a national award to be presented at a special ceremony in the Palace of Westminster in July.

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