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Posted on 9th September 2017

Over One Hundred Surgical Never Events In The Past Three Months

A report by NHS Improvement lists 145 surgical mistakes made between April and July 2017. The report lists these events as “Serious, largely preventable”

During the period 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017 there were 424 recorded incidents by the NHS classed as “serious” which includes 178 operations on an incorrect body part and even patients falling out of windows.

The most commonly occurring events over the past 3 months included:

51 operations on the wrong body part

43 instances of equipment being left inside patients

24 incorrect implants or prosthesis

9 incorrect teeth removed

A spokesperson for the Department of Health said “These never events are entirely preventable. They should not happen. If they do, hospitals have to report them in order to learn lessons and prevent mistakes being made again”

He continued “Patient safety is a priority for this Government, which is why we set up the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch to ensure lessons are shared across the country”

Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s shadow health secretary blamed Tory underfunding and said “Staff are overstretched and overworked, and patients are paying the price”


Never events are just that, events that should never happen. Unfortunately as this report highlights, mistakes at the most basic level continue to occur at a most alarming rate.

If you or a loved one have experienced a never event you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Telephone 0330 355 9210 or for a free claim assessment.