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Health Care Has “Never Events.” Law Enforcement Should, Too.

Health : Slate: Medical Examiner

There are some things that should never happen in medicine. A surgeon should never operate on the wrong body part. A patient should never get a lethal dose of a medication because a doctor’s handwriting is illegible. We call these m...

'A grim reality': concern over longer waits for NHS operations

Health : The Guardian: Health

Patients are being left in pain and discomfort due to fiancial pressures facing NHS, says Royal College of Surgeons An increasing number of patients are having to wait more than six months for an operation in hospital, official NHS ...

Chart Of The Day

Politics : The Daily Dish By Andrew Sullivan

Sarah Kliff explains: They sound like some of the worst mistakes a surgeon could make: Leaving an instrument inside a patient. Operating on the wrong body part — or the wrong person. They’re aptly named "never" events, the errors th...

Demand for NHS care is dangerously high, says thinktank

Health : The Guardian: Health

Over three-month period to June nearly 6m people visited A&E, creating ‘huge strain’ on the health service, experts say Demand for NHS care has reached record levels, with unprecedented numbers of patients being treated in A&E units...

Number of urgent operations cancelled in England hits record high

Health : The Guardian: Health

NHS cancelled 446 urgent operations in November, almost double the number in the same month last year The number of NHS patients in England who had urgent operations cancelled hit record numbers in November, soaring to almost double...


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