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BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 15 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3096

Hospitals had more than 750 “never events” in past four years: Hundreds of patients have been subject to preventable mistakes in England’s hospitals over the past four years, show figures obtained under a freedom of information request by the BBC. The investigation found more than 750 “never events”—those that should never happen, including 322 cases of foreign objects left inside patients during operations, 214 cases of surgery on the wrong body part, 73 cases of tubes used for feeding patients or for medication being inserted into patients’ lungs, and 58 cases of wrong implants or prostheses being fitted.

Welsh university warns students over MMR vaccination: An outbreak of mumps has been reported in south Wales after the condition was diagnosed in several university students. Public Health …

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