Increase in reports of medical errors suggest NHS staff are more confident in reporting problemsBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1116 (Published 17 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1116
- Wendy Moore
An increase in reports of medical errors and other adverse events in England and Wales indicates that staff are more confident about registering concerns, according to a report from the National Patient Safety Agency.
For the first time, figures have been released that provide a breakdown of incidents reported by individual NHS trusts. They show that a total of 439 612 events that caused harm or potential harm were recorded between April and September 2008. More than 65% of the incidents resulted in no harm to patients, and only 1% resulted in severe harm …