Wrong toe removed and wrong foot operated on

Charlie Cooper
The Independent
December 12, 2013

Surgeons at an NHS hospital carried out heart surgery on the wrong patient, it was revealed today, following the release of new statistics on major errors within the health service.

Overall there were 148 “never events” – medical mistakes that according to guidelines should never happen – at NHS trusts between April and September this year.

Foreign objects such as needles, swabs and even a glove being left inside a patient were the most common type of error – occurring 69 times.

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