Thousands of NHS patients have suffered from botched procedures that include the wrong organs being removed and medical equipment left inside during surgery.
An analysis of health service data found that between 2015 and 2023 some 3,684 life-threatening mistakes by doctors were recorded.
The most common and serious – known as ‘never events’ – involve more than 1,500 operations which were carried out on the wrong part of the body.
One woman had one of her fallopian tubes – part of the reproductive system – taken out instead of her appendix, while other patients had the wrong toe removed or an injection into the wrong eye.
Objects such as cotton wool balls, clamps, surgical gloves and needles have mistakenly been sewn up inside patients during operations, too, while others were given the wrong implant, the analysis by accident compensation firm claims.co.uk found.
Read more: Thousands of NHS patients suffer ‘botched’ surgery even having the WRONG organs removed, shocking new figures show… including one woman who had a fallopian tube taken out rather than her appendix