The Guardian, UK
Sarah Hall, health correspondent
Tuesday November 7, 2006
The risk of dying in hospital as a result of medical error is one in 300, Britain's most senior doctor warned yesterday.
Clinical misjudgments or mistakes mean that the odds of dying as a result of being treated in hospital are 33,000 times higher than those of dying in an air crash, according to the chief medical officer, Sir Liam Donaldson. "In an airline industry, the evidence ... from scheduled airlines is the risk of death is one in 10m. If you go into a hospital in the developed world, the risk of death from a medical error is one in 300," he said.