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The fact that the numbers are ‘statistically small’ is NOT comforting
Katherine Murphy, CE of the Patients Association (PA), has responded to statistics lifted from NHS England data, which reportedly found that over 1,100 patients have suffered from very serious hospital errors over the past 4 years.  The figures seen by the PA suggest that the ‘never events’ - mistakes so serious they should never happen - included more than 400 people who suffered due to ‘wrong site surgery’, and more than 420 have also had ‘foreign objects’ left inside them after operations (including gauzes, swabs, drill guides, scalpel blades & needles).
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Patients Association calls for ‘Never’ incidents to cease

Patient safety incident reporting continues to improve

Attention Health Workers!

And about time too!

Yet again we find the NHS cannot investigate itself

Good practice saves lives

It is often not the ‘mistake’ that annoys people, but rather the ‘cover-up’ and the reluctance to at least say ‘sorry’

Achieving the best outcomes for the NHS requires ‘highlighting the worst’

Patients Association:  New Independent Patient Safety Investigation body 'will operate without fear or favour'

NICE Evidence Search | never events - NHS Evidence Search

Never Events - Patient Safety Federation

Revised policy on never events & serious incidents - NHS

Cover-ups in ‘bad practice’ lead to repeated mistakes in NHS treatments

Should the attempted ‘silencing’ (especially in public sector organisations) of Whistle-blowers become a legal offence?

We should reward those who speak up and reprimand those that ‘hide’ issues

Ombudsman reveals wide range of public service failures across NHS in England and UK government departments

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