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Never Events



The content on these pages is historic and from February 2011 was superseded by a newer and revised list of Never Events from the Department of Health.







Never Events are serious, largely preventable patient safety incidents that should not occur if the available preventative measures have been implemented.


Primary care trusts are required to monitor the occurrence of Never Events within the services they commission and publicly report them on an annual basis.


The Never Events Annual Report 2009/10 provides an overview of the Never Events reported to the NPSA by NHS organisations in England from 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010.


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