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Increase in NHS Never Events

  • Published: Friday May 27, 2022
  • Category: Medical negligence
  • Tags: Never-Event,

As reported by Sky News, there were more than 400 “never events” in England between April 2021 and March 2022.

Defined by NHS England as “patient safety incidents that are wholly preventable” provided that healthcare providers implement existing national guidance and/or safety recommendations, they have the potential to cause serious harm to patients including death.

It has been reported that between April 2021 and March 2022, there were up to 8 of these events every week which is an increase on the year before and among the 407 never events recorded, there were 98 cases of a foreign object being left inside a patient by mistake. Such objects ranged from various surgical swabs to differing surgical instruments including wire cutters, a part of a scalpel and a bolt from a pair of surgical forceps.

Other such events include surgery being performed on the wrong body part, incorrect hip and knee implants and patients receiving the wrong blood type when undergoing transfusions.

The potential impact of such never events should not be underestimated as they can have serious physical and psychological consequences for patients and should be investigated fully by the healthcare provider to ensure learning is achieved and that such incidents do not happen again.

If you or a family member have been the victim of a Never Event, please contact us at enquiries@graystons.co.uk.  Graystons have the legal expertise to offer a free assessment and can help you in bringing a claim in a timely and efficient manner.