Hospital forced to reveal botched op figure

PUBLISHED: 12:30 03 May 2012

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WESTON Area Health Trust has been forced to reveal how many people have had surgery on the wrong part of their body following an eight-month battle with the Mercury.

The NHS trust refused to disclose how many patients had received botched operations since 2001, claiming the number was so small it would compromise patient confidentiality.

A subsequent appeal against the Freedom of Information decision was also turned down by the trust despite repeated intentions to preserve anonymity.

But after appealing to the Information Commissioner, the watchdog found in favour of the Mercury amid criticisms of double-standards.

As reported last year, Weston General Hospital has only suffered one MRSA case in the past 18 months – a fact widely publicised by the trust.

The trust revealed one patient suffered a wrong site surgery last year – the only one in the past decade.


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