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NHS errors led to more than 800 deaths

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7511.254-c (Published 28 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:254
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. London

    More than half a million errors are made in patient care in acute NHS hospitals each year, according to the National Patient Safety Agency. Most incidents resulted in no harm to the patient but in 840 cases the patient died, according to the agency's estimates.

    Unintentional injury, such as slips and trips, was the most common incident reported, but drug errors, treatment, and problems with documents were a major problem.

    The estimates were drawn from 85 342 incident reports via the National Reporting and Learning System between November 2003 and 31 March 2005. It represents the first public analysis of patient safety data in England and Wales. The agency …

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