"In 2011/12, there were 326 so-called ‘never events’ – events so unacceptable they should never happen. ‘The ones we know about include 161 people with foreign objects left in their bodies, like swabs or surgical tools; 70 people suffering wrong-site surgery, where the wrong part of the body or even the wrong patient was operated on; and 41 people given incorrect implants or prostheses,’ Mr Hunt said. ‘Put another way – every other day we leave a foreign object in someone’s body, every week we operate on the wrong part of someone’s body, and every fortnight we insert the wrong implant.'"
The Health Secretary's grim sense of humour extends to his decision to put placards above hospital beds, showing visitors which Dr Frankenstein, and which deranged assistant, have turned their relatives into monsters -
"Jeremy Hunt will bring back the practice of writing the names of the responsible doctor and nurse above every bed so families know ‘where the buck stops’. The NHS should also publish better safety information, such as the likelihood of emerging unscathed from each hospital across the country, he said."