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.