Patients: Safety

Department of Health written question – answered on 23rd May 2016.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Leader of the Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many never events have been recorded in (a) Furness General Hospital and (b) Westmorland General Hospital in the last five years.

Photo of Ben Gummer Ben Gummer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The information is not available in the format requested. In addition, data are not available at hospital level. The 2012-13 publication does not have trust level data.

Published data on never events from 2012-13 to 2015-16 are available on the NHS England website at:

The following table shows the reported never events at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust for 2013-14 and 2015-16. No never events were reported at this Trust in 2014-15. Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which also provides services from the Furness General Hospital and the Westmorland General Hospital, has no reported never events in the published data.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

2015-16 (monthly provisional)


Retained foreign object post procedure

Wrong implant/ prosthesis

Wrong site surgery

Other NE (types 4-25)

Sub-total Serious Incidents reported as Never Events that can be matched to Never Event list type 1-25












Source: NHS England


  1. From April 2014, NHS England published provisional never events data as monthly updates throughout each financial year. Each report updates the previous month’s data as information on never events is reported or amended.
  2. The provisional monthly never events data summaries for 2015/16 have been drawn from the STEIS system. Each report includes all Serious Incidents reported as occurring within the indicated timeframe, where they are designated by their reporters as never events at the date the data was extracted. Please note these reports are provisional data and subject to change.
  3. As of 1 April 2016, patient safety is now part of NHS Improvement. Never events data publications for 2016/17 financial year and onwards will be published by NHS Improvement.

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