Last week, former health secretary Jeremy Hunt claimed that the NHS in England operates on the wrong part of a patient’s body four times a day.

It’s incorrect. In the English NHS, surgeons actually operate on the wrong part of someone’s body four times a week, according to figures for April to November 2019.

Mr Hunt’s office has admitted that he misspoke.

It is also worth pointing out that both the Sun and the Star merely published Mr Hunt’s inaccuracies without any questioning or analysis.

‘In particular the Sun’s coverage it saw no reason to question Mr Hunt’s figures, despite also reporting that in 2018 there were nine “never events” a week (or around one a day), far fewer than Mr Hunt’s number suggested.’

As ever was.

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