Published on 12/01/2012
Reports show that 10 per cent of safety incidents in the Welsh NHS lead to significant harm to patients.
In the six months between April and September last year there were 55 deaths and 68 incidents of ‘severe harm’ to patients in health boards and NHS trusts in Wales.
The reports, submitted to the National Patient Safety Agency, show that here have been 18 deaths at Aneurin Bevan Health Board between April and September.
More than 4 patients have died in patient safety incidents at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in the course of 18 months.
There have been almost 30 deaths at both Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and Hywel Dda Health Board in the same period.
Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has called on Health Minister Lesley Griffiths to investigate relatively high death rates in some health boards. She said: “It is accepted that some patients will die in hospitals, but it is unacceptable that patients die due to hospital error.
“If the health boards can learn from their mistakes, they can reduce the number of people who die needlessly in our NHS.”
A Welsh Government spokesman said: “As the figures show, the overwhelming majority of incidents result in no harm to patients."
“It is important every incident, no matter how small or serious, is reported to ensure they can be investigated and measures put in place to reduce the risk of them happening again.”
Patients who are worried about safety incidents in the NHS should compare health insurance quotes online and choose a private hospital to be treated in.
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