Archive for: February 2016

NHS Still Committing Errors Such As Operating On Wrong Patient

Serious errors possibly due to fatigue and depression are conquering NHS professionals. According to official tallies by the Health Ministry, about 1,200 unacceptable serious events have occurred in English hospitals under the NHS over the last four years. These include operations on the wrong patient, wrong organ, wrong limb, objects and medical tools left inside the body, kidneys removed instead of an ovary and other seriously erroneous events.

Health Minister Jeremy Hunt has been called out to provide the actual figures wherein the NHS is currently in deficit. King’s Fund, a financial think-tank, established that the hospital is in £2.3 billion deficit, with some trustees saying the service can no longer afford to pay its agency staff the maximum appointed by the government.

The catalogue of errors were classified as “never events”. These events are believed to seriously harm a patient. NHS England indicates the errors are showing a steady trend. Between April 2012 and March 2013, there were 290 never events, in 2013/14 there were 338, in 2014/15 there were 306 and from April 2015 to December, which is the latest month with figures yet recorded, there have been 254 – although that will be adjusted if more reports for later months come in.

Jeremy Hunt is known to have kept a whiteboard that lists all the NHS disasters and serious errors in the Health Ministry. He said it was to keep openness and transparency for everyone. He said it would help healthcare staff to learn from their own and others’ mistakes.

North Korea Might Be Out To Test New Technology Once Again

The People’s Republic of Korea in North Korea had announced plans that it would launch satellites sometime in February. The nation even issued warnings where the boost stages of rockets might plummet back to the surface.

Japan threatened the nation and said it would shoot down the rocket if it flies towards Japanese airspace. The US had also condemned the new escalation on North Korea’s attempt to bring up a satellite.

According to them:

“This act would violate numerous Security Council resolutions by utilizing proscribed ballistic missile technology,” said US State Department Spokesman John Kirby.

Last year, North Korea had scheduled nuclear tests, showing its defiance against UN Security Council resolutions.

According to intelligence collected by the South Korean Military, the North Korean western coast will be the starting point of the latest version of North Korea’s Kwangmyongsong (Bright Star) Satellite series. It would also help test its Unha (Galaxy) Rockets, which has new modifications that would guarantee better chances of success than its previous satellite launch attempt in the previous years.

A month ago, North Korea has also been the centre of military attention as it claimed to have detonated a thermonuclear bomb.

The first satellite from North Korea aimed to track crop production in the country. The experiment failed in December 2012.