‘Shocking’ rise in coroner warnings over NHS patient deaths, says Labour

Tory austerity policies and lack of resources are to blame for increase, says party

The number of legal warnings issued by coroners over patient deaths in England attributed to NHS resourcing issues has risen by 40% in three years.

There were 42 prevention of future death reports (PFDs) relating to issues such as lack of beds, staff shortages or insufficiently trained agency staff in 2016 compared with 30 in 2013.

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