Last week, Derriford Hospital received an unannounced visit from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The visit follows an unusually high number of medical errors known as Never Events, in the last year. These errors, so called because they should never happen, are such things as operating on the wrong part of the body or on the wrong patient or leaving a piece of equipment or a swab inside the patient following surgery.
It is believed that the Care Quality Commission’s report resulting from their investigations will be released later this week.
Simon Parford, Partner and Head of the Medical Negligence Department said “sadly mistakes occur during the treatment of patients all too frequently but the rise in the number of Never Events is of particular concern and justifies a detailed investigation”.
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