Medical mistakes costing "thousands of Swedes’ lives"
A report in Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet claims that up to 3000 Swedes are losing their lives or suffering serious injuries each year due to medical negligence.
The newspaper says that Sweden’s excellent reputation for patient care has come under threat, with municipalities across the country now hoping to halve the number of deaths over a two-year period.
Mistakes in hospitals by medical staff, often working under considerable pressure, are estimated to put one tenth of patients at risk.
The managing director of The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, Håkan Sörman, said it was his objective to once again make Sweden’s hospitals the best in the world for patient care. He wants to see a system whereby medical staff promptly report any incident, such as the incorrect prescription of medicine or overdoses.
Meanwhile, scientists at the world-famous Karolinska Institute in Stockholm believe they have made a breakthrough in the treatment of the skin diseases eczema and psoriasis.
A research group at the hospital has, for the first time, shown that certain small molecules within human DNA can play a vital role in identifying the origins of the diseases.
The discovery of the molecules could also play a significant role in regulating other, chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.