Eastern promise: what the United Kingdom might learn from Hong Kong on patient safety

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Patient safety in the United Kingdom remains high on the Department of Health's agenda. There remains the drive to embrace a culture of learning and provide high quality care to patients.

Hong Kong reverted to Chinese sovereignty on 1 July 1997, after 156 years of being a part of the UK. In Hong Kong there has, for a number of years, been great success in having a culture of learning, which has led to high quality care.

Marking nearly 20 years since the handover, Ed Glasgow — a partner in Kennedys Healthcare Division — and Dr David Dai — a consultant geriatrician in Hong Kong — explore what the UK can learn from Hong Kong in the context of providing better care.

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