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On the World Patient Safety Day, Health First Europe and the Spanish Patients’ Forum join hands to call the Spanish minister to act to foster patient safety. 

On any given day, at least one out of 18 patients in European hospitals gets an infection acquired within the healthcare system. In Europe, 1 in 10 hospitalized patients have experienced negligence during their care. These damages are largely preventable. Statistical projections show that effective strategies to reduce the rate of adverse events in the European Union could lead to the prevention of more than 750,000 medical errors, which in turn would lead to over 3.2 million fewer days of hospitalization, as well as 260,000 fewer incidents of permanent disability and 95,000 fewer deaths per year.

To raise awareness about patient safety and advocate for safer health care systems, Health First Europe and the Spanish Patients’ Forum present their joint letter addressed to the Spanish Minister of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare, Mrs María Luisa Carcedo.

Here below the letter is available in English and Spanish