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40,000 die every year after hospital blunders

1st December 2008

The House of Commons Health Committee has been told that as many as 40,000 people could die every year because of NHS treatment errors.

Dr Richard Taylor MP, a member of the Health Committee, said: "There are a lot of different figures put about. The fact remains that a simple risk assessment of patients as they come into hospital would help eliminate a lot of deaths and yet this is not yet compulsory in all hospitals."

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