Never events in the NHS

Never Events are preventable patient safety incidents that should not occur if all proper procedures are followed.

From a medical negligence claim perspective, Never Events are largely indefensible.

Never Events include incidents such as:

  • wrong site surgery
  • retained surgical instruments
  • misplacement of naso-gastric tubes

Although these events should not happen, recent data from the NHS shows that, between 1 April 2019 and 29 February 2020, a total of 435 Never Events occurred. These included:

  • 218 instances of wrong site surgery
  • 90 instances of retained foreign objects post-surgery
  • 43 instances of the wrong implant/prosthesis being used
  • 27 instances of unintentional connection of a patient requiring oxygen to an air flowmeter
  • 21 instances of misplaced naso or oro gastric tubes
  • 10 instances of wrong route administration of medication
  • 6 instances of overdose of methotrexate for non-cancer treatment
  • 6 instances of overdose of insulin due to abbreviations or incorrect device

The NHS publish provisional Never Events data every month.

Our Medical Negligence Solicitors offer free legal advice for victims of clinical or medical negligence. Most claims can be dealt with on a No Win No Fee basis.

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