Professor Andrew Pearson became a Vice President of the Patients Association in 2009. On joining the Patients Association he said,
I have watched the organisation campaign over the years and now is the moment for everyone to support its campaigns. We can’t reduce the pressure that the Patients Association has already been putting on policy makers to deliver safe care. We must increase safety and especially help the Department of Health devise ways of persuading both GPs and hospital doctors to reduce, as far as possible, the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics. We desperately need accurate, reliable, honest, up-to-date, real-time, and, ward- and department-based information so that we can put the patient at the centre of the Health Service. We must work together in a meaningful way to make patient safety the number one priority.
We can no longer expose patients to the dangerous practices that seem to be the norm as, year on year, the regulators are rating Trusts’ performance as merely “fair” or “good” – we should be aspiring to excellence. It is very worrying indeed that this year’s Annual Health Check saw the biggest drop in compliance on patient safety – this continuing failure and acceptance of sub-standard care has to stop, and stop now. I am delighted to be part of an organisation that really cares for, and speaks out on behalf of, all patients.
He has previously worked with the Health Protection Agency as a Consultant Epidemiologist and Deputy Head of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HCAI) and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). His work on HCAIs has contributed significantly to the field of infection control. He has turned his considerable experience to a campaign to change the culture of infection control reporting in UK hospitals.