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Patients: Safety

Volume 486: debated on Monday 19 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were harmed as a result of an error or missed diagnosis in (a) Hemel Hempstead, (b) Hertfordshire and (c) England in the last 12 months. (246561)

For the period from July 2007 to June 2008, the National Patient Safety Agency received 2,300 reports where patients were harmed due to patient safety incidents classified as diagnostic delay, failure or error.

There were 171 of these incidents reported from East of England Strategic Health Authority. Reporting and learning data are collected on the basis of National Health Service service providers. it is therefore not possible to provide a breakdown of data to constituency level.