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355 patients unnecessarily operated as per NPE

Norwegian Patient Injury Compensation (NPE) claims they have paid almost NOK 140 million to Norwegian patients who should never have been operated in the last five years.

355 patients have been compensated in the period 2013-2017 because they were operated without it being necessary or correct. Most cases concern treatment in public health services. 56 percent of the patients are women, 44 percent are men.

“We look at the cases we treat examples of operations that should not have been completed because surgery was not the best treatment solution for the patient,” says Director Rolf Gunnar Jørstad in NPE.

“We look at the cases we treat examples of operations that should not have been completed because surgery was not the best treatment solution for the patient. We see operations that should not be done because the patient’s other health situation indicates that there is too much risk associated with the operation, and cases where the patient has removed organs without the need, “said the NPE Director.

Among the patients who have been arrested, a woman who has mistakenly removed the ovaries, thus losing the opportunity to have her own children. Another patient received obesity surgery without there being enough grounds for it and lost the spleen during surgery.

In four of the 355 cases, the surgery led to the death of the patient.

(© NTB)

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