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Medical errors will cost hospitals

24th February 2011

The government is planning not to pay hospitals if patients are harmed or killed as a result of errors.

The core list of eight “never events” issued in 2009 - which included operating on the wrong part of the body and leaving a surgical instrument or swab inside a patient – is now likely to be extended to cover 25 incident types. They include the wrong route of administration of chemotherapy, or death or injury resulting from the transfusion of the wrong blood type.

 

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