Hundreds of patients affected by NHS mistakes

 

Hundreds of patients have suffered basic mistakes that should “never” happen in the NHS, including having surgical instruments left inside them and operations being carried out on the wrong body part, BBC Radio 4’s World At One has found.

Freedom of information requests revealed 322 cases of “foreign objects” left inside patients’ bodies in English hospitals in the past four years.

Another 214 patients had surgery on the wrong body part, 73 had feeding tubes inserted into lungs, and 58 patients were fitted with the wrong implant.

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