Maternity Services: Negligence

Health written question – answered on 2nd April 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patient safety incidents relating to maternity services were reported to the National Patient Safety Agency in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

The number of patient safety incidents relating to maternity services reported to the National Patient Safety Agency is shown in the following table:

Year reported Frequency
2005 28,891
2006 50,608
2007 74,986

The increase in the number of incidents reported annually reflects the trend in all incident reporting. An increased number of reported incidents does not necessarily mean a higher number of incidents but may instead reflect greater levels of reporting.

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