‘Medical errors lead to 1,000 deaths’

Statistics collated by the medical specialists association show that at least 1,000 people die in Dutch hospitals every year because of medical errors, TV programme Nova is set to claim tonight.

The deaths are caused by wrong diagnoses, the wrong medicines and badly-kept records, Nova says. Last weekend, researchers at Groningen University said trainee specialists make at least 1,000 mistakes a year which have serious consequences for patients.

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