A Joint Committee has been appointed to consider the Draft Health Service Safety Investigations Bill, published on 14 September 2017.
The draft Bill would make provision in relation to three main subject matters:
- First, the establishment of the Health Service Safety Investigations Body (“HSSIB”) as an independent statutory body, with powers to conduct investigations into incidents or accidents within the NHS which appear to evidence risks affecting patient safety.
- Second, the Bill creates a ‘safe space’ within which participants can provide information for the purposes of an investigation by imposing a prohibition on the disclosure of information held by the HSSIB in connection with an investigation. Information will only be able to be disclosed in certain limited circumstances or by order of the High Court.
- Third, the Bill makes provision for the accreditation of NHS trusts and foundation trusts to carry out investigations into patient safety with the benefit of ‘safe space’.
The Committee is expected to report by 24 July 2018.