Mistakes cost NHS up to 2.5billion a year, says health secretary Jeremy Hunt

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Jeremy Hunt claims poor care and hospital errors are costing hospitals up to 2.5bn a year.

The new report, commissioned by the Department of Health, estimates that mistakes with medication costs the NHS up to 770million, recognition of sepsis could cost up to 196million and reducing the number of patients who develop an infection after orthopaedic surgery could save up to 200-300million.

Doctors' and nurses' leaders have challenged Hunt and claimed that staff shortages and inadequate budgets to deal with rising demand needed to be addressed in order for patient services to be improved.

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