Draft National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare

Date of publication: 
Thursday, September 23, 2010

This consultation document presents for public consultation proposed new national standards for the quality and safety of healthcare services in Ireland. These national standards have been designed to describe the principles of how healthcare should be provided in any care setting.

In the future, the Authority will monitor compliance with these national standards - but they have not been developed solely for that purpose. Service users (this includes patients, carers, family and representatives where applicable) can use the national standards to help them understand what high quality and safe healthcare should be and what they should expect from a well-run service. This information will help service users to voice their expectations of healthcare services. The national standards also provide a sound basis for anyone planning, funding or providing healthcare services to work towards achieving and maintaining high quality, safe and reliable care.