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Yesterday saw some much-needed blunt talk from the Health Secretary in a speech on what he called the “silent scandal” of errors in the NHS, which led to the needless deaths of 3,000 patients last year.
Jeremy Hunt’s speech at the University College London Hospitals also highlighted the 326 so-called hospital “never events” – mistakes that are so inexcusable they should never happen – that occurred in just 12 months. This alarming category of mistakes include things such as performing surgery on the wrong part of the body, leaving foreign objects inside the body after an operation and the misidentification of patients.