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Patients: Accidents

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients received injuries as a result of accidents while staying in hospitals in England in the last period for which figures are available. (150402)

The number of incidents reported to the National Patient Safety Agency's national reporting and learning system (NRLS) classified as patient accidents, resulting in some degree of harm to a patient, in an inpatient setting in either acute, general, community or mental health hospitals in England between 1 April 2006 and 31 March 2007 is 84,240. This information is based on the date the incident was reported to the NRLS rather than on the actual date of occurrence.