After investigating eleven patient deaths, the newspaper VG found over 60 errors and omissions in the Norwegian Board of Health’s assessment of the cases, the newspaper writes.
In recent months, VG has investigated eleven severe malpractice incidents at Norwegian hospitals that were reported to the Norwegian Board of Health supervision between 2017 and 2020. The newspaper writes that they have been given full access to patient records through patients’ relatives and have compared them with other hospital documents.
VG claims that they discovered that the Norwegian Board of Health Supervision’s assessment in these cases contains over 60 errors and omissions. Several of the errors concern key information about the patient’s treatment.
The Norwegian Board of Health Supervision has obtained the patient’s medical record to check whether the information they have received from the hospital is correct in only one of the eleven cases, the newspaper stated.
Anders Haugland, acting department director in the department for reports and operational supervision in the Norwegian Board of Health Supervision, stated that it was regrettable that errors occur in individual cases.
“It is important for the Norwegian Board of Health Supervision that the information is correct, and I can not specify the source of errors in specific cases. We have no interest in making errors. We want to get it as correct as possible,” Haugland said.
The Norwegian Board of Health Supervision is the highest supervisory body in the health service. Their warning assessment contains key facts in cases and forms the basis for further investigations of cases.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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