Tuesday Nov 08, 201112:02 AM GMT
Health Service blunders kill 8000 in UK
Tue Nov 8, 2011 12:4AM
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At least 8,000 people have died across the UK as a direct result of errors took place at the National Health Service (NHS) over the past 13 years, official figures show.

The figures showed a record number of legal proceedings have been launched against the Health Service, many of which involved deaths.

According to the figures, the number of lawsuits against the NHS has spiked by about 300 percent during the years Labour party was at the helm of the government.

A government inquiry said 'the number of cases involving deaths rose from 223 in 1997-98, Labour's first year in power, to 903 in 2009-10'.

The inquiry found that more than 8000 patients have been killed in 13 years because of blunders and errors.

This is while that experts believe the true number of patients who died needlessly because of blundering doctors, nurses or ambulance staff was likely to be higher because not every family launched legal action.

Conservative MP Chris Skidmore has unveiled the latest figures.

Skidmore, a member of the Commons Health Select Committee, said such levels of poor care must never be allowed to happen again.

“We must now do more to improve patient care, particularly of the elderly and vulnerable,” he told the Daily Mail.

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