Policy paper

The 'never events' list for 2011/12

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

"Never events" are very serious, largely preventable patient safety incidents that should not occur if the relevant preventative measures have been put in place. This paper sets out the final expanded list for use in the NHS in 2011/12 and provides further guidance for how the "never events" policy should be implemented.