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X-ray blunders: Mistakes and faulty equipment put patients at risk

A RECORD number of hospital patients are being exposed to potentially harmful levels of radiation due to mistakes and faulty equipment.

There were 1,116 recorded incidents in 2014 in which a patient was exposed to too much radiation, which can cause burns, poisoning and lead to cancer. In three cases, a mistake by the operators caused patients undergoing tests to be exposed to more than 100 times the recommended level of radiation. In most cases, staff either set machines incorrectly, scanned the wrong part of a patient’s body, or, in some cases, the wrong patient. In just 13 cases, the overexposure was down to faulty equipment.

Radiation is employed in X-ray machines and scanners for diagnoses while targeted radiation is used to treat some cancers. Experts say that although the number of radiation errors is logged at more than 20 a week, the chance of such a blunder happening is about one in 81,000. Some of the errors in which a worker was to blame included 23 mammograms to seek breast cancer.

In total, 435 patients were overexposed, with 151 patients given the right exposure but on the wrong part of the body and in 517 cases the wrong patient was exposed. In 2013, there were 983 cases of overexposure.

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/600100/X-ray-blunders-mistakes-faulty-equipment-patients-risk-UK-hospitals

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Surgeon’s blunders to ‘cost NHS millions’

COMPENSATION claims running into millions of pounds are being drawn up by victims of disgraced hospital surgeon Roger Bainton.

Lawyers have taken on the cases of more than 100 of the consultant’s patients for a group legal action against the NHS. They believe individual settlements will range from a few thousand pounds to six-figure sums for those patients who have needed multiple operations or missed time off work following botched operations on their faces. The doctor has been suspended from the Royal Stoke University Hospital for two years – with the NHS trust already paying out around £500,000 to cover the cost of him staying at home, using extra staff to cover his absence, and reviewing his work.

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http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Surgeon-s-blunders-cost-NHS-millions/story-25961696-detail/story.html

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35,000 patients wrongly struck off GP registers

Up to 35,000 patients have been wrongly struck off GP registers in the last year in NHS cost-cutting exercises targeting the elderly and vulnerable, an investigation has found.
Doctors said patients are increasingly being denied vital check-ups, cancer screening and suffering delays obtaining medication because of botched attempts by authorities to update records and reduce practice funding.
In some parts of the country more than one third of patients who were stripped from the lists should never have been deleted, official figures show.
GPs said blunders by schemes which have targeted the elderly and children who failed to attend vaccination appointments had led to angry scenes in GP surgeries when patients found out what had happened.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11068851/35000-patients-wrongly-struck-off-GP-registers.html

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Mistakes by NHS staff are killing 12,500 every year: And they operate on wrong body part once a week, reveals Hunt

Health secretary said some serious errors happen six times a week
He said: ‘Twice a week we leave a foreign object… inside someone’s body’
Up to one in 20 deaths in hospitals can be avoided, according to research

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2636835/Mistakes-NHS-staff-killing-12-500-year-And-operate-wrong-body-week-reveals-Hunt.html

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