Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 31(3) September 2018 : 20-22.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2018.25681
Special Focus On Nursing Regulation

Commentary: Will Mandatory Reporting of Health Professional Misconduct, Incompetence or Incapacity Make Patients Safer?

Roxanne Tarjan

Abstract

Public expectations of safety are a given in all aspects of our daily lives and certainly in the delivery of health services. Can enhanced legislation and regulatory requirements strengthen the very systems established to support safe care and safe practice by those professionals delivering this care? The delivery of health services is a complex matrix of public and private systems and care providers. Individual regulated health professionals play a key role in ensuring safe care as do legislators, employers, regulators and unions.

 

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