One in 20 hospital deaths preventable

Poor hospital care is “needlessly killing 1,000 NHS patients a month”, The Daily Telegraph headline reads. It says that the largest ever study of errors in British hospitals has found that one patient in 10 is affected by potentially serious medical errors, with half of them dying as a result.

This study was a review of the patient records of 1,000 adults who died in 10 hospitals across England in 2009. Medical reviewers who examined the records considered that one death in 20 had a greater than 50% chance of being preventable.


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