UK Hospitals to Lose Funding for Committing Preventable Errors

The UK’s Department of Health has released a list of 25 unacceptable errors in the NHS, and warned that hospitals will be stripped of funding if they are found to be at fault.

After consulting health partners such as the NHS, health professionals, the Royal Colleges and the public, the department has extended the current list of eight serious preventable errors to 25.

The latest list includes events such as severe harm/death due to transfusing wrong type of blood, severe scalding and severe harm/death due to misidentifying patients by failing to use the standard wristband identification processes.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said the Government’s aim is to modernise the NHS so that people have the highest quality healthcare, and live healthier, independent lives.

We have identified 25 preventable incidents ‘never events’ which should never happen in a high-quality healthcare service and for which payment can be withheld across the NHS,

Lansley added.

According to department, there were 111 “never events” last year. Medical errors of all kinds are estimated to cost the NHS around £2bn a year.


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