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Quality in Retreat

Reigniting the Debate on Quality

This first report encapsulates the conversations driven by the Global Impact Committee in its first nine months of operation, where one key theme emerged: there has been a decline in the focus on quality by the leadership of health systems all over the world.

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A report by the Global Impact Committee

Although the COVID-19 pandemic clearly accelerated the quality retreat, it can be traced as far back as the global financial crisis of 2008 and other key barriers to placing quality at the heart of health systems including the need for regulatory environments that enable data-driven healthcare and implementing learning health systems which measure what matters and do not just focus on targets driven by political imperatives.

This report is aimed at senior leaders of healthcare systems, politicians and policy makers and intends to provide practical advice and interventions, drawing from the experience of GIC members to offer a new contribution to a vital debate. What more can healthcare leaders do? What new ideas and technologies can we learn from and develop? How can the focus be on what matters – patient care, safety and experience in an environment in which staff morale and well-being can also flourish?

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