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Chance of a patient experiencing a medical error – 1 in 10; chance of a patient experiencing a medical error and dying – 1 in 300

These astounding, though not altogether unexpected figures, were announced by Sir Liam Donaldson, former Chief Medical Officer for England and current World Health Organization envoy for Patient Safety.  He compared these figures with the universal standard of unexpected deaths – namely those resulting from air crashes, which incidentally weigh in at one in ten million.