During her keynote at Inspirefest 2016, University of Leeds research fellow Dr Charlotte Blease presented some mind-blowing statistics on diagnosis and healthcare.

Some of what we learned from Inspirefest was what we already knew deep down, but it took someone else saying it for it to really sink in. Other lessons were a little more surprising.

One of those moments came from Dr Charlotte Blease, research fellow at University of Leeds. “If we think that medical appointments are simple, we’d be wrong,” said Blease. “Medical error and wrong diagnosis is the third-biggest killer in the US.”

This mind-blowing fact came in the middle of Blease’s keynote, gleaned from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report published earlier this year in The BMJ. This single statistic really brought into perspective the trust we put in medical professionals, and how much we really need them to know what they’re doing.

Words by Kirsty Tobin