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Hospital errors kill more Germans than traffic accidents - report

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Hospital errors kill more Germans than traffic accidents - report

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Around 20,000 Germans die as a result of mistakes made in hospitals or clinics each year – that is the finding of a health insurance report.

The errors include mistreatment leading to patients contracting infections and being prescribed the wrong drugs.

The hospital error deaths are greater than those from traffic accidents.

A spokesperson for German doctors claimed the mistakes are rarely the result of medics doing a bad job, rather they were due to organisational problems and complicated medical procedures.