Babylon and Clinical
The majority of people understand Babylon
only because of the biblical connection with the great King of
the city and empire, Nebuchadnezzar. It is however the place were
laws were first made to control the treatment of the sick and
Clinical Governance has been the buzz word within the
health service for over a decade,
but did you know that a form of clinical governance was in use
around 3,900 years ago.
I mentioned on the previous page the
ancient Sumerian Nomadic Semite tribes and how they produced
several hundred clay tablets.
These tablets told how they developed a
managed health care system, although this system is primitive by
our modern standards. The tablets were written using cuneiform,
one of the first forms of hieroglyphic writing, these concepts
were inscribed on clay tablets and chiselled onto stone stele
between the 17th and 21st centuries B.C.
Clinical governance is about ensuring that
patients are safe and risks are managed.(30)
Clinical governance is the framework
through which all the components of quality, including patient
and public involvement, are brought together and placed high on
the agenda of each organisation.31
On the next page I have outlined some of the laws that were put in place to protect people from malpractice.
"And Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon carried
out from there all the treasures of the house of the LORD and the
treasures of the king's house, and he cut in pieces all the
articles of gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the
temple of the LORD, as the LORD had said. Also he carried into
captivity all Jerusalem: all the captains and all the mighty men
of valour, ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and
smiths. None remained except the poorest people of the