Increase in reports of medical errors suggest NHS staff are more confident in reporting problems

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 17 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1116
  1. Wendy Moore
  1. 1London

    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 …

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