Errors made by Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have been revealed after a Freedom of Information Request was made.
The Hull Daily Mail investigated how many medical negligence claims were made against the trust in the last five years. In total 72 were made, with a reported 17 of these being successful.
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is responsible for Castle Hill Hospital, Hull Royal Infirmary, and numerous other medical sites. Mistakes that resulted in claims being made include patients undergoing surgery on the wrong body part, and patients having swabs or instruments left inside them after surgery. On top of this, 154 patients are reported to have been given the wrong drugs by medical professionals.
The 17 successful claims resulted in £672,631 in compensation settlements being paid to those affected. The money is paid out by the NHS Litigation Authority to which the Trust pays a premium each year dependent on their performance and perceived risk.
A spokesperson for the Trust told the paper that every incident is thoroughly investigated, and lessons are learnt from all mistakes.
It is also reported that surgeons were disciplined, ordered to retrain or in some cases sacked by the Trust after making serious errors.