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Newcastle NHS tops medical mishaps list

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust has had the most patients who have been harmed by incidents that should never have happened.

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Newcastle NHS: "No compromise" on quality

Newcastle's NHS Foundation Trust has reacted to the revelation that it is at the top of national medical accidents league table.

Sir Leonard Fenwick, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: "There is no compromise in relation to quality in all that we do here in Newcastle."

“Never Events are extremely rare but even one event is one too many. The Trust carries out a very thorough and detailed review into any event that occurs. That way we can ensure that every possible safeguard is in place and that we provide the right care first time, every time.

There is no compromise in relation to quality in all that we do here in Newcastle.

All such incidents are reported each month in open public session and the subject of a comprehensive root cause analysis with lessons learnt.

Our calculated rate of incidence is 0.00486% in contrast to the overall national rate of 0.005%."

– Sir Leonard Fenwick, Chief Executive, Newcastle NHS Foundation Trust

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