Professional competence does not necessarily translate into patient safety.
"Healthcare requires working in a big team. Everyone has to be on the same page and see things from the same perspective. There has been a rise in the consciousness of everyone in the team that professional competence does not necessarily translate into patient safety.
For example, just because you have medical skills doesn't mean you won't end up giving the right drug to the wrong patient or wrong drugs to the wrong person. We have to be vigilant and constantly improve so that we can deliver quality and reliable patient care.
It may require us to go back and balance the science of Medicine with art. Our system of specialisations makes it all too easy to forget that the practice of Medicine has always been a fine mastery of art."
Assoc Prof Ong Biauw Chi
Chairman, Medical Board
Extracted from EPIC Newsletter
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