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Wednesday 26th October 2016

Thousands at risk from NHS mistakes

8th October 2009

New figures have shown that more than 5,700 patients in England died or suffered serious harm due to errors.

The National Patient Safety Agency, which operates a voluntary system of reporting for hospitals, GPs and mental health units, said there were 459,500 safety incidents from October 2008 to March 2009. Patient accidents were the most common problem, followed by mistakes made during treatment and with medication. In two thirds of cases there was no harm to the patient while a quarter resulted in low harm.


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