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Individual hospital data on “never events” to be published every quarter

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 13 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7479
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Figures on the number of “never events” happening in each hospital trust in England are to be published every three months in a bid to improve the safety of patients, NHS England has announced.1 From April 2014 the data will be published monthly.

Provisional data from the first two quarters of this financial year show that between April and September 102 trusts and eight independent hospitals had at least one never event—an error that put patients at risk of harm and should never happen. Previous data were published annually and only …

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