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Hospital found to be in breach of terms of authorisation after four serious surgical errors

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8048 (Published 26 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8048
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

One of the country’s leading teaching hospitals has been found to be in “significant breach” of its terms of authorisation by the regulator of NHS foundation trusts, Monitor.

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which incorporates Addenbrooke’s Hospital, has been served with regulatory action because of its “successive failure” to meet NHS targets, including those on waiting times for cancer treatment and emergency department performance.

Monitor said that the concerns were compounded by numerous instances of “preventable patient safety incidents” and “poor financial performance.”

Four so called “never events” were reported between 7 September and 7 October 2011, one relating to surgery done on the wrong person, one relating to surgery on the wrong part of the body, and two relating to instruments left inside …

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