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Concern over patient safety in Scotland

7th August 2009

Concerns have been raised over patient safety in Scotland’s hospitals after new figures revealed that more than 5,000 surgical errors occurred during operations carried out in Scottish hospitals over the past five years.

The figures were obtained by Liberal Democrat health spokesman Ross Finnie through parliamentary answers in the Scottish Parliament and include more than 3,000 cases where patients had organs accidentally cut or punctured during surgery. There were also incidents of “foreign bodies” being left in patients during surgery.

 

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