Adverse events reporting in English hospital statistics: Vague numbers are being perpetuated

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7470.856-b (Published 07 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:856
  1. Iain H Glencross, general medical practitioner (Iain.Glencross@GP-B85058.nhs.uk)
  1. 140 Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield HD1 5PU

    EDITOR—Aylin et al write in their Dr Foster's case notes that about 850 000 medical errors occur in NHS hospitals every year, resulting in 40 000 deaths.1 They reference this to a PowerPoint presentation (itself unreferenced) given in Australia in 2001. The figures appear in Organisation with a Memory …

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