NHS treats 8,700 pa­tients in­jured by med­i­cal er­rors


ONE pa­tient has to be treated by the NHS every HOUR for dam­age caused by med­i­cal blunders.

Nearly 8,700 pa­tients had a punc­ture, per­fo­ra­tion, cut or haem­or­rhage dur­ing treat­ment in Eng­land last year – up 43 per cent on 6,082 two years ago.

In­ci­dents of a for­eign body – such as equip­ment – be­ing left in a pa­tient also rose from 159 to 212, says the NHS Dig­i­tal sur­vey. That is de­spite them be­ing classed as pre­ventable “never events”. Peter Walsh, of char­ity Ac­tion Against Med­i­cal Ac­ci­dents, said: “The NHS is strug­gling with fi­nance. But there is no ex­cuse for leav­ing a for­eign ob­ject in a pa­tient’s body.” The De­part­ment of Health said: “We are driv­ing im­prove­ments in pa­tient safety, in­clud­ing tak­ing tar­geted ac­tion on ar­eas such as se­ri­ous in­ci­dents and never events.”

‘NO EX­CUSE’ Char­ity’s Peter Walsh

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