Quality & Patient Safety

Sydney: Calls for transparency after 49 deaths

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, September 2, 2008

Two annual reviews of hospitals in the Sydney West Area Health Service that claim 49 patients died over two years due to medical mistakes has led opposition leaders to call for annual reviews of hospital mistakes to be made public, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Australian Medical Association has claimed that the mistakes highlight poor communication and delays in responding to deteriorating patients. Overall, 110 cases of adverse events were investigated, according to the Herald. In both years, about 80% of mistakes were found to be related to a system failure.

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