NHS patient safety incidents rise by 12% in six months, as reporting culture growsBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4153 (Published 09 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4153
- Adrian O’Dowd
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 …