PERFORMANCE: Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust has had five never events between April and September 2013, according to board papers from the Newcastle and Gateshead CCG Alliance.

Three never events were the result of retained swabs, one was a wrong site surgery and another was an incorrect implant.

Mark Adams, accountable officer of Gateshead clinical commissioning group, told a joint meeting of the Gateshead, Newcastle North and East and Newcastle West CCGs that the figure is “unusual” and “actions are being put in place to reduce future instances”.