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Medication blunders kill 60,000 in 18 months

14th July 2008

The National Patient Safety Agency has found that mistakes by NHS staff are responsible for the deaths of 24 patients per year.

Their study discovered 60,000 "medication incidents" were reported in 18 months up to June 2006. The study showed 38 deaths were caused because of the errors and 54 patients were "dangerously harmed". The NPSA say this could cost the NHS £775m a year.


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