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Response to publication of never events

12 December 2013

Responding to today's publication of never events data, Professor Norman Williams, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, said:

‘We commend NHS England for their transparency in publishing this data.

‘Never events are incidents that are completely unacceptable. However rare these cases are never should mean never and avoiding such errors should be the priority of every surgeon.

‘Together with NHS England, we have formed a taskforce which will look at ways to put an end to such errors. The group will be working with patients, individuals and organisations to learn from what has happened in the past to understand how to prevent them in the future.’


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