There have been 60 ‘never events’ at Welsh hospitals since April 2012, an online list confirms.

A ‘never event’ is a serious patient safety incident that should not happen if the correct safety measures are implemented.

NHS Wales, which publishes an online list of the errors made at its hospitals, reveals there have been 60 never events between 2012 and 2016.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg health board and Betsi Cadwaladr were the worst performing, with 15 never events each.

Examples include a silicone object being left inside a patient, wrong-site surgery, overdose of insulin, the wrong patient undergoing surgery, and a patient falling from a window.

Cardiff and Vale health board recorded 13 never events, including retained swabs, a mis-placed naso-gastric tube and an intra-operative air embolism.

A spokesman for the Welsh Government said: “Every year, hundreds of thousands of people receive high-quality, safe care in the Welsh NHS. However, in an increasingly complicated and modern healthcare system, problems can unfortunately happen.”

“When problems do occur, NHS staff are encouraged to report all incidents so they can be investigated openly to promote learning and provide open feedback to patients and their families as part of our commitment to an open safety culture.”

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