Nearly 3,000 patients die every year because of blunders on NHS wards and further 7,500 are left severely harmed

Nearly 3,000 patients die every year because of blunders on NHS wards and further 7,500 are left severely harmed Experts warn that mistakes on the ward will increase because already overstretched staff will be unable to cope with higher numbers of patientsHealth Secretary Jeremy Hunt has admitted that there may still be 'pockets' of poor care like that revealed in Mid Staffordshire in 2008 | UPDATED: 01:44 GMT, 3 December 2012 Concern: Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that there may still be 'pockets of poor care' in hospitals Nearly 3,000 patients are dying a year because of needless hospital blunders, figures reveal.

Screening all newborns for heart defects could save hundreds of lives a year

Screening all newborns for heart defects could save hundreds of lives a year Researchers said scan was cheap and non-invasive | UPDATED: 07:52 GMT, 2 May 2012 All babies should be screened at birth for heart defects using a cheap simple test that will pick up three out of four affected infants, claim researchers.

GP drug blunders hit 40% of the elderly: Patients given unnecessary pills and wrong doses

GP drug blunders hit 40% of the elderly: Patients given unnecessary pills and wrong doses Patients even prescribed drugs to which they were allergic, in rare cases | UPDATED: 07:15 GMT, 2 May 2012 Hundreds of thousands of elderly patients are being wrongly prescribed drugs by their GPs, a study warns today.