Adverse incidents in NHS are still under-reported

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 06 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:59
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    Under-reporting of adverse incidents and near misses is still a problem in the NHS and a barrier to improving patient safety, a new report says.

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    Almost a million patient safety incidents and near misses happened last year in England's NHS, but a fifth of incidents and two fifths of near misses are estimated to go unreported, it says.

    The report, from the parliamentary public accounts committee, claims that the National Patient Safety Agency has failed so far in its five year existence to secure accurate information on serious incidents and deaths and to help …

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