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Patients: Safety

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 9 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patient safety incidents of each type, classified as causing (a) no harm, (b) low harm, (c) moderate harm, (d) severe harm and (e) death, were recorded in each NHS trust in each quarter since the inception of the national reporting and learning system. (240531)

As a consequence of national health service reconfigurations over the past five years, the information requested is not currently available. The regular National Reporting and Learning System Quarterly Data Summaries from the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) provide a breakdown for incidents in England and Wales by degree of harm and incident type, for a range of care settings.

In addition, from February 2009 the NPSA will be publishing NHS trust level data, including a breakdown by incident type and degree of harm.