Expanding the list of “never events” will be done according to, and consistent with, the criteria outlined earlier.
There are a number of sources for suggested additional “never events” including the list used by the National Quality Forum in the United States of America, lists used locally by NHS organisations in England, and suggestions from clinical and other experts with the Department and the National Patient Safety Agency.
The Department has used all of these to propose a revised “never event” list comprising 22 events in total, including those already on the list but in some cases suggesting amendments. These are not final and we are seeking comments on the types of incidents listed, their definitions and suitability as “never events”, and whether there are other events suitable for inclusion that we have missed.
Do you agree that the list of events and the definitions that we have produced below should be used for the new “never event” list and that they are consistent with the “never event” criteria outlined earlier?
Do you agree with the inclusion of the events listed below but have suggestions for amending the scope and/or definition of the events?
Do you have any additional suggestions for events and/or definitions to be included on the “never event” list?