NHS drug blunders resulted in 66 patients being given ‘fatal’ doses in just one year – The Irish Sun


DOZENS of patients have been given “fatal” drugs doses in NHS blunders, we can reveal.

Safety records show 66 mix-ups in one year so dangerous they are logged as “death” incidents.

 The Sun can reveal that dozens of patients have been given 'fatal' doses of medication in NHS mix-ups

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The Sun can reveal that dozens of patients have been given ‘fatal’ doses of medication in NHS mix-ups

One patient with a broken leg died after being given ten times the correct dosage of medicines. Another died after doctors twice gave them a drug they were allergic to.

Health chiefs say not all the 66 patients may have died due to the mistake but it had “potential for severe harm”.

The cases — from April 2017 to March 2018 — were disclosed by NHS Improvement after a Freedom of Information request.

They are up 40 per cent from three years ago — when there were 47.

It comes as NHS Resolution paid out £75million to 1,149 patients after mix-ups in the past eight years.

Joyce Robins, of Patient Concern, said the victims’ families will be left “bitter and angry”.

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She added: “You hope when your loved one goes into hospital they are going to be helped and not made worse because of a mistake.”

NHS Improvement’s Aidan Fowler said the cases were “rare”. But he added: “We are developing an ambitious patient safety strategy that includes a focus on medication safety.

“We will continue to work to make the NHS even safer for patients.”

 Joyce Robins says the victims’ families will be left 'bitter and angry'

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Joyce Robins says the victims’ families will be left ‘bitter and angry’
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