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House of Commons Hansard
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26 November 2009
Volume 501
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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times foreign objects requiring surgical removal have been left inside patients following an operation in each of the past 10 years. [301348]

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A total of 60 patient safety incidents involving foreign objects left inside patients and requiring surgical removal have been reported to the National Patient Safety Agency since 2005. There was no central reporting system in place prior to 2003 and no such patient safety incidents were reported in 2003 and 2004. The detailed breakdown is in the following table:

Incidents—surgical removal of foreign objects

2005

9

2006

27

2007

19

2008

5

Source:

National Patient Safety Agency