Surgeons leave eight-inch long forceps inside patient’s body – and are only discovered during X-ray weeks later

This is a never-never event. Only gross breaches of procedure can explain it

A man had to undergo emergency surgery after bungling medics left a pair of forceps inside his body during an appendix operation. The eight-inch long surgical implements were left inside a patient at a hospital in Kent and were only discovered weeks later after he returned to the ward for a routine X-ray.

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust yesterday said an investigation had been launched.

Julie Pearce, chief nurse at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust, said: ‘These are events that shouldn’t happen and happen very rarely. ‘In the last three years, we’ve only had one of those events and each year we do about 90,000 surgical procedures.’

It is standard practice for all surgical tools to be counted both before and after an operation to check if any are missing.

Ms Pearce, also director of quality and operations at East Kent Hospitals, said: ‘What normally happens is that if the count doesn’t match up, an X-ray is done while the patient is still in theatre.

‘In this case, staff hadn’t completely adhered to policy. They had scanned the patient’s abdomen, but hadn’t done a full X-ray.’

The blunder – which happened in April – is one of three similar incidents at hospitals in the county in the last three years.

In one incident recorded by the Medway NHS Foundation Trust, a drill bit broke off in a patient’s femur. Another patient had a small fragment of a drill left inside the palm of their hand.

In both cases it was decided the drill bits should be left inside the patients.

Dr Mike Smith, vice chairman of the Patients’ Association, said: ‘If the dangers of going in again to remove it are greater than leaving it there, that’s something that needs to be assessed at the time. ‘But whenever there are humans involved something must go wrong – obviously if it could be avoided completely that would be ideal.’

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NHS health and safety chiefs ban ‘dangerous’ metal paper clips

Wacky!

The future of the humble metal paper clip is under threat after being banned by NHS health and safety officials for being ‘too dangerous’.

Manchester NHS Trust officials made the decision to stop the use of the metal stationary item after a member of staff cut their finger using one. In a memo to staff, it was warned that the use of metal fasteners was ‘prohibited’ and the offending clips must be ‘carefully disposed of immediately’.

‘Due to recent incidents, NHS Manchester has decided to immediately withdraw the use of metal paper fasteners,’ explained the memo featuring an accompanying picture of a paper clip – just to avoid any confusion. ‘Please ensure any that remain in use be replaced by similar plastic fasteners. ‘The use of metal fasteners is prohibited and must be carefully disposed of immediately. Thank you for your co-operation.’

The clips have been banned from the city’s GP surgeries, clinics and offices in favour of a plastic alternative.

However, a member of staff told the Manchester Evening News: ‘It is ridiculous. They’re vaguely sharp, like drawing pins and fountain pens.

‘I can only assume top brass think that they’ve employed idiots who need nannying through the working day.’

Another added: ‘We should just be lucky the safety memo didn’t run to two pages, that might have proved a bit tricky.’

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Malignant British Leftist accuses others of malignancy

That he and his ilk have destroyed government schooling by their woolly-headed and unproven educational theories and  their virtual abolition of discipline he does not confront. 

And I KNOW what they have destroyed.  In my youth I went to a government school where corporal punishment for infractions was routine and I got as good an education as one could want.  I have the most positive memories of my schooling, unlike the unfortunate children of the egotistical Jonathan Miller

At school in a small Australian country town I learnt Schubert Lieder, translated poetry by Goethe, was introduced to Bach, Smetana and the Greats of English literature (I still spout Chaucer at the slightest opportunity), learnt enough physics to identify global warming immediately as absolute hokum, still remember some chemical formulae and acquired a degree of familiarity with Latin that is still useful.  And although my mathematics has always been weak, I did end up teaching statistics at a major Australian university.  What more could I have gotten from school?  Others undoubtedly got less from the same school but it was all readily there for those who wanted it.

And the school was even multicultural.  There were people from all over Europe there.  I was taught German by a Ukrainian!

Socialist Sir Jonathan Miller has admitted being ‘ashamed’ that he is supporting his grandchildren through private school.

In a war of words with his own son William, the renowned theatre director said the decision was made to ensure they got a good education.

Sir Jonathan added he was furious about ‘belonging to a society which makes such as sharp distinction’ between Britain’s rich and poor.

There was ‘something deeply malignant about a structure which makes it necessary to make these invidious choices,’ he said.

He sent his own children to state schools but his son William called the decision a ‘cavalier social experiment’.

William has sent his own children into private education, which Sir Jonathan says he is contributing towards.

‘I do give them a little bit just to ensure there is some sort of security, but I feel rather ashamed of it and I feel ashamed of belonging to a society which makes such a sharp distinction between the prosperous and the assured, whose future is guaranteed, and those who are not,’ Sir Jonathan told the Sunday Times this week.

‘It all ought to be state education. It’s part and parcel of this profound and malignant separation of the prosperous from the poor.

‘People who have huge amounts of can afford to wrap their children in all sorts of protective educational devices which guarantee that they will become like their parents.’

William Miller claims that he and his two siblings would have fared better had they been sent to public schools and Oxbridge, like their parents, but instead they were sent to state schools to appease the couple’s socialist principles.

‘It turned out to be a cavalier social experiment that saw all three of his children fail to gain a single qualification. He is right to feel guilty: it was a wholly avoidable disaster,’ he wrote in 2009.

Miller grew up near London’s Regent’s Park where his parents’ neighbours were intellectuals including Alan Bennett, George Melly, Shirley Conran and AJ Ayer. He started school at Primrose Hill state primary in 1969 and went on to Pimlico comprehensive in 1975.

He says: ‘If you were to ask me what I remember about learning, I think I could just about recall that the Romans long baths and hated the Scots.’

But Sir Jonathan himself went to the prestigious St Paul’s School in London and then on to Cambridge University.

‘One wants to have freedom of choice – it is a very important thing – but there is something deeply malignant about a structure which makes it necessary to make these invidious choices to guarantee your children are enveloped in protected devices,’ he said.

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More on blundering windmills in Britain

The Government’s green crusade “blunder” will cost £124billion, according to a former World Bank adviser…. Professor Gordon Hughes warn­ed that wind power may even fail in its aim of cutting greenhouse gases….

The findings were backed by Professor Ian Fells, Emeritus Professor of Energy Conversion at Newcastle University, who said: “Wind energy is the most expensive way of generating renewable electricity.

The findings were backed by Professor Ian Fells, Emeritus Professor of Energy Conversion at Newcastle University, who said: “Wind energy is the most expensive way of generating renewable electricity.

“It will also cost jobs. We are already seeing some industrial firms packing up and moving abroad. The increasing price of energy is going to be the next big political problem.”

But a spokesman for the Department for Energy and Climate Change said: “Wind power is a homegrown, secure and sustainable source of energy with an important role as part of a balanced energy mix.

“Over-reliance on any one technology could have serious consequences for consumer bills. That’s why we want to see a diverse energy mix with renewables, nuclear, clean coal and gas all playing a part.”

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Britain must be more attractive to ‘remarkable’ oil and gas industry, says Chancellor of the Exchequer

George Osborne will promise to make Britain an “even more attractive place” for the oil and gas industry in a blow to Liberal Democrat ambitions to shift away from fossil fuels.

The Chancellor will today praise “remarkable” oil and gas companies for making the most “significant contribution” to the UK economy in the energy sector. Mr Osborne will say gas is crucial to meet the UK’s electricity demand throughout the next decade and beyond.

His comments come the day after Nick Clegg, the deputy Prime Minister, insisted that the Coalition is united in its efforts to “support the shift by traditional industry to cleaner sources of energy”.

Mr Osborne lost a battle with the Liberal Democrats over his efforts to reduce subsidies for onshore wind farms. However, the Chancellor is determined to make the UK a “gas hub” with at least £500 million in tax breaks for companies drilling for gas.

He will today unveil a new research centre at Manchester University sponsored by BP, the oil company, with dozens of new academic jobs.

He will also announce more than 500 new jobs linked to the new Cygnus gas field, the largest development in the North Sea of recent years.

Mr Osborne will say Britain is committed to “making the most of our remaining oil and gas reserves”. “This has long been one of our great industrial success stories, supporting a third of a million jobs, and extracting the equivalent of over 40 billion barrels of oil to date,” he will say.

“We will provide more detail in the autumn on steps we will take to make the UK an even more attractive place for gas investors.”

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About jonjayray

I am former member of the Australia-Soviet Friendship Society, former anarcho-capitalist and former member of the British Conservative party. The kneejerk response of the Green/Left to people who challenge them is to say that the challenger is in the pay of "Big Oil", "Big Business", "Big Pharma", "Exxon-Mobil", "The Pioneer Fund" or some other entity that they see, in their childish way, as a boogeyman. So I think it might be useful for me to point out that I have NEVER received one cent from anybody by way of support for what I write. As a retired person, I live entirely on my own investments. I do not work for anybody and I am not beholden to anybody
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