It is the best of news, it is the worst of news . . .

David Birnbaum (Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and Epidemiology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, Visiting Associate Professor, School of Nursing, and Principal, Applied Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)

Clinical Governance: An International Journal

ISSN: 1477-7274

Publication date: 1 December 2004


There are noteworthy international convergences in recent guiding documents for infection control and other patient safety programs. Although these bode well for raising the future prominence of such programs, they also are an indictment of failed past leadership and an external prop. Local governance itself, and alternative bases for quality management systems, should be examined as closely as these new documents.



Birnbaum, D. (2004), "It is the best of news, it is the worst of news . . .", Clinical Governance: An International Journal, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 256-259.

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