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The number of serious incidents reported at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust has jumped 20 fold in the last two years.
Today managers claimed the rise is down to an open and transparent environment which encourages people to report incidents, but one nursing union says its members still have some anxieties about coming forward.
Katie Hunter has this report:
The number of serious incidents reported by staff at the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust has jumped from five in 2011-2012 to 100 in 2013-2014.
Bosses say the rise is down to better reporting by doctors and nurses.
Glenn Turp, from the Royal College of Nursing, gives his view:
The North Cumbria Trust has said that the increase of reported ‘serious incidents’ shows progress in creating a 'safe learning culture' amongst NHS staff.
5 ‘serious incidents’ were reported in 2011-2012 whereas 100 were reported in 2013-2014.
In a NHS staff survey from 2013, 92% staff were openly reporting errors, near misses or incidents. It’s said this was one of the best scores nationally and the Trust believes that this will lead to ‘significant learning’ to prevent accidents happening again.