More than 250,000 people die each year because of errors that have taken place in hospitals and health care facilities. The reasons for medical malpractice vary, but the most common include diagnosis errors; surgical errors; sedation mistakes, medication errors; and childbirth injuries.
A highly critical report of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that highlighted poor leadership, excessive waste, the misplacement of medical supplies and endangering patients at its Washington, D.C., hospital has led to senior leadership changes at more than 20 hospitals throughout the country.
The Veteran's Administration (VA) has announced a new effort for improving healthcare at their facilities. This will include improved strategy, support, and leadership at both the national and local level.