BASILDON Hospital has responded to the news that there were 162 “serious incidents in 2015/16.
Following a Freedom of Information Act (2000) request, Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitors discovered that the nine NHS Trusts operating in Essex reported a significant number of ‘Serious Incidents’ having taken place in the reporting year 2015-16.
A spokesperson for Basildon Hospital said: “Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing all its patents with safe, high quality treatment and care.
“There is strong international evidence that the safest hospitals are those which have an open and honest culture, where staff feel comfortable about raising issues and reporting incidents. It is only when this happens that we can investigate and learn lessons, which helps reduce the risk of the same thing happening again.
Our open and transparent reporting has been commended by our regulators and recognised as good practice.
“It’s worth noting that during 2015/16, the percentage of patients experiencing harm- free care in our hospitals was 95.36%, which is above the national average. But we are not complacent and recognise there is always more we can do to make our hospitals as safe as possible”.