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House of Commons Hansard
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29 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) fatal and (b) other patient safety incidents in the latest year for which figures were available; and how many such incidents of each type there were in that year. [323913]

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The following table, supplied by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), sets out the number of incidents reported in England by degree of harm and incident type that occurred for the period July 2008 to June 2009.

Incidents of harm reported to NPSA by incident type, July 2008 to June 2009England

Number of incidents

Incident type

No harm

Low

Moderate

Severe

Death

Total

England

Other

21,298

9,337

3,127

739

1,670

36,171

Infection Control Incident

8,458

4,148

2,798

705

354

16,463

Implementation of care and ongoing monitoring/review

16,387

14,803

6,098

948

156

38,392

Self-harming behaviour

11,057

15,256

2,800

367

430

29,910

Treatment, procedure

54,451

27,643

12,240

1,362

406

96,102

Clinical assessment (including diagnosis, scans, tests, assessments)

31,252

7,170

2,702

538

175

41,837

Patient abuse (by staff/third party)

4,200

1,291

326

71

15

5,903

Access, admission, transfer, discharge (including missing patient)

56,118

14,389

4,756

520

126

75,909

Consent, communication, confidentiality

28,254

5,134

1,359

205

49

35,001

Medical device/equipment

21,353

5,037

1,443

153

43

28,029

Infrastructure (including staffing, facilities, environment)

44,720

7,909

2,856

269

43

55,797

Patient accident

185,266

103,471

11,936

1,358

179

302,210

Medication

73,950

13,060

3,019

351

59

90,439

Disruptive, aggressive behaviour

26,303

11,915

1,362

98

18

39,696

Documentation (including records, identification)

47,296

5,355

886

89

12

53,638

Total

630,363

245,918

57,708

7,773

3,735

945,497