STAND. COM. REP. NO.3092
RE: S.C.R. No. 75
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Health and Human Services, to which was referred S.C.R. No. 75 entitled:
"SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING A REPORT BY THE PATIENT SAFETY TASK FORCE OF THE HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATION OF HAWAII,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to request the Patient Safety Task Force of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii to report to the Legislature on its efforts to reduce medical errors.
Testimony supporting this measure was received from the Healthcare Association of Hawaii.
Your Committee finds that deaths caused by medical errors are occurring at unacceptable annual rates. There must be additional vigilance in the provision of medical services to ensure the safety of patients and to reduce the number of tragic unnecessary deaths. Your Committee recognizes that the reduction of medical errors is not a simple task because of the complexity of health care organizations. Regardless, these medical errors need to be addressed directly and eliminated. With the creation of the Patient Safety Task Force, your Committee is optimistic that their work will improve the health and safety of the public. By requesting that they submit a progress report to the Legislature, this issue continues to be a priority and the public remains informed.
Your Committee has amended this measure by changing the time when the report is due to twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2003.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health and Human Services that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of S.C.R. No. 75, as amended herein, and recommends its adoption in the form attached hereto as S.C.R. No. 75, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health and Human Services,
DAVID MATSUURA, Chair