Norwegian System of Compensation to Patients: Many suicides in the health care system could have been prevented

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The Norwegian System of Compensation to Patients believes that 90 suicides in the health care system between 2016 and 2020 could have been prevented.

“It is mainly a question of an inadequate assessment of the suicide risk, insufficient measures, or that the measures that have been set have not been followed up. Unfortunately, it has had fatal consequences for these patients, and it is very serious,” communications consultant Torill Svoldal Stæhr in the Norwegian System of Compensation to Patients (NPE) told TV 2.

Out of 217 compensation claims concerning suicide or suicide attempts that the NPE has dealt with in the 2016-2020 period, 90 have been upheld in cases of suicide and 19 in cases of suicide attempts. In these cases, a total of NOK 75 million has been paid in compensation to patients or survivors so far.

The NPE believes that the suicides could have been prevented if there had been no errors in the treatment or follow-up. Every year, more than 600 people commit suicide in Norway.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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