NHS safe in their hands?
ONE in ten patients admitted to NHS hospitals will fall victim to medical errors, which have now become Britain's fourth-biggest killer.
Medical accidents and errors contribute to the deaths of 72,000 people a year, and they are directly blamed for 40,000. They also cost the NHS £2 billion in increased hospital stays alone.
However, fewer than a third of an estimated 900,000 annual mistakes are properly reported, an independent audit reveals today.