Representative Tom Campbell
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FROM REP. CAMPBELL’S OFFICIAL OCTOBER 24TH PRESS RELEASE.
“After several days of flurry over the requirement of hospitals to report details of serious medical errors, Rep. Tom Campbell said the Washington State Hospital Association is backing away from their position that they dont have to report such errors.
Campbell, (R-Roy) a Chiropractor by profession, expressed his anger with the position of the hospital association in a number of newspaper and television stories exposing the associations decision that the state Department of Health must stop releasing hospital-specific adverse-event statistics.
The hospital association said disclosing the errors punished the hospitals unfairly without improving patient care. They contend legislation passed last year forbids release of such records.
The public response in the past few days, however, seems to have prompted the hospital association to reconsider its position. Our phone was ringing off the hook, a Hospital Association spokeswoman told the Spokesman-Review. Theres been a lot of reaction to this, more than we expected.
Serious errors ranging from operating on the wrong body part (21 such occurrences in the past year) to leaving objects behind after surgery (34 such occurrences in the past year)
People are entitled to know which hospital has the best and the worst record of patient care, Campbell said. For the association to say people wouldnt understand is arrogant; its just a condescending slap in the face.
In addition to the numbers on surgeries on wrong body parts and foreign objects left behind over the past year, hospitals across the state have reported eight cases of patients receiving the wrong surgical procedure and six cases of death or disability from medication errors.
The state Dept. of Health said it is seeking a formal opinion from state Attorney General Rob McKenna. And Campbell said he will also plan to offer new legislation in the 2008 session to emphasize the requirement of the department to disclose the information.”
Contact: Rep. Tom Campbell at (360) 786-7912 or firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU REP. CAMPBELL FOR BEING THE LONE VOICE TAKING A STAND FOR YOUR CONSTITUENTS!