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NHS patient safety incidents rise by 12% in six months, as reporting culture grows

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4153 (Published 09 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4153
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    Reported incidents that compromised patient safety in the NHS in England rose by 12% in a six month period, with an even steeper rise in primary care organisations.

    Figures from the National Patient Safety Agency released on 7 October show that 459 500 incidents were reported to have happened between 1 October 2008 and 31 March 2009.

    This is a 12% increase on the previous six months, but primary care organisations had a 25% rise in incidents, such as errors, complications, or inadvertent injuries.

    The rises were largely the result of more reporting and an …

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