“Safety is the cornerstone for health services,” a statement issued by the two organisations read, outlining the importance of not merely reacting in a time of crisis, but leveraging a safety culture that covers patients and health workers equally. In line with this, the IHF and ISQUA called for policymakers to encourage and facilitate safety while avoiding the multiplication of bureaucratic norms, as well as urging that the psychological safety, and physical and mental wellbeing of healthcare workers was placed at the forefront of future planning and interventions.
Moreover, the two called for multidisciplinary teamwork for patient-centered care and innovation adoption in response efforts.
“In addition to those three key recommendations, there is a long list of desirable actions to be taken rapidly. Both IHF and ISQua support these actions to address the health, social and economic challenges for the coming months,” the statement read. “But now is the time to prioritise the building of a solid backbone to our health system to make it more resilient. We believe that combining our efforts will allow us to face all future crisis in a better way.”
You can read the statement in full here.
Elsewhere, the IHF is also working closely with a team of hospital management experts to form the ‘Beyond Covid-19 Task Force’, the aim of this which is to come up with a solid recommendation plan based on the lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic to prevent a health crisis of this scale in the future.