Peter Walsh

Chief Executive
Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA)

Peter is Chief Executive of Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA – the charity for patient safety and justice). One of the earliest changes Peter brought about was a change of name and from “Action for Victims of Medical Accidents” to Action against Medical Accidents and rebranding, including the strapline “for patient safety & justice”. He regularly writes, speaks and advises government departments, and NHS and private healthcare organisations on patient safety and justice issues. Peter led AvMA’s work as a core participant in the Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry and one of his best known achievements has been leading the charity’s successful campaign for a legal “Duty of Candour”. Previously Peter held leading positions in the voluntary sector and Community Health Councils. Other positions currently held: 

  • World Health Organisation “Patients for Patient Safety Champion”
  • Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Patient Safety & Risk Management