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Reports of Hospital Errors and Incidents Have Doubled

Magazine article Public Finance

Reports of Hospital Errors and Incidents Have Doubled

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The number of errors and patient safety incidents reported by NHS staff has risen by 50% in the past two years to almost 9OO,OOO, with deaths associated with the incidents increasing by 6O%.

National Patient Safety Agency figures, revealed in a parliamentary answer, showed that 3,645 patients died in English hospitals as a result of Incidents reported by NHS staff in 2OO7/08, up from 2,275 two years previously.

The number of incidents reported to the NPSA's reporting and learning system jumped from 596,136 to 892,947 over the same period.

The NPSA began collecting error data in 2003, and a spokeswoman said there had been consistent yearon-year increases since then. The agency is predicting that the numbers are likely to be even higher this year.

NPSA medical director Dr Kevin Cleary said the rise in reported errors was a direct result of NHS staff being encouraged to report incidents and becoming more confident in doing so,

'This is a positive indication that there is an evolving and improving patient safety culture in the NHS/ he said. …

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