Increase in number of serious medical errors?

The annual number of serious medical errors made in Australian hospitals has increased from 87 to 107, reported Sophie Scott (ABC News) today.

These included 34 in-patient suicides, 35 instruments left inside patients and four cases of the wrong patient or body part operated on where it led to death or permanent injury.

Available online, the Productivity Commission report on Government Services includes a volume E on the health sector which appears to be due for release on 30 January 2014. The table below is provided on the ABC website. The table itself suggests annual fluctuation in the error numbers. Although there was an increase from the previous to the current year, the average number over the last five years appears to have been about 100.