[Alan Johnson, the Health Secretary,] says he is determined to ensure that patient safety is a priority in the NHS.
In most of the world's hospitals — including the cash-strapped understaffed electricityless ones in the middle of Third-World hell-holes — patient safety is a priority. In most of the world, the mere presence of doctors and nurses is enough to ensure that patient safety is a priority. It's taken as read.
In the NHS, the Health Secretary feels the need to announce it. As if it's something new.