From Drill Bits Left Inside Patients to Mistaken Removal of Ovaries: Substantial Increase in ‘Never Events’ Recorded by the NHS
The NHS recorded a substantial increase in ‘Never Events’ between April 2021 and March 2022—including nearly 100 incidents of foreign objects such as scalpel blades, wire cutters, and drill bits being accidentally left inside patients. The official data revealed 407 incidents of medical negligence that are described as “so serious they should never happen” in
NHS Trust Fined £1.3m After Admitting Failures in Two Cases Where Patients Died
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust admits failing to provide care in a safe way and exposing patients to a significant risk of avoidable harm after two patients die. Mohammed Ismael Zaman (Bolly) bled to death at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in October 2019 while undergoing dialysis. A little over half a year later, in
NHS Hospital Has Four ‘Never Events’ in a Single Year
Kettering General Hospital (KGH) has apologised to a patient after they incorrectly administered medication to them, something known as a ‘never event’. The patient, who was being treated as an inpatient at the hospital, had a central catheter inserted to receive medication intravenously. However, a drug that should have been delivered orally was injected into
NHS Never Events: The Most Common Medical Accidents April 2019 – February 2020
The term ‘Never Event’ was first introduced by Ken Kizer, former chief executive of the National Quality Forum in the United States and was in reference to particularly shocking medical errors which should never occur if the available preventable measures are implemented. An NHS Never Event is an umbrella term for a series of avoidable
Nearly one in five local hospitals are failing to hit key waiting-time targets
Analysis by the BBC shows that one in five local hospital services are constantly failing to hit any of their key waiting-time targets.
260,000 Diabetes Patients `Experienced Medication Error in Hospital Last Year’
Diabetes UK has warned that more than 260,000 diabetes inpatients experienced a medication error at hospital in 2017, 9,600 of whom suffered serious and potentially life-threatening episodes of hypoglycaemia as a result of poor insulin management.
Inquiry after 54 deaths at Russells Hall Hospital’s A&E
A West Midlands hospital A&E is being investigated after concerns were raised over the deaths of 54 patients in a six-month period.
Poor hospital discharge process puts patients ‘at risk’
As reported by the BBC, patients are being put at risk because of a lack of staff awareness about discharging them from hospital.
Immediate stop to NHS vaginal mesh operations
NHS England has announced an immediate curb on mesh operations following safety concerns.
Private hospitals warned over surgeons
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has expressed concerns the some of the failings that allowed rogue surgeon Ian Paterson to harm patients are widespread across private hospitals.