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Is it possible to sue the NHS for negligence?

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The simple answer is yes. A lot of people are put off making claims against the NHS as they think it might be daunting or difficult. It is neither of these things with the assistance of an experienced knowledgeable Solicitor like we have here at Been Let Down.

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There are a few important factors to consider before making a medical negligence claim. The most important thing is to establish whether your circumstances and the medical issue you’ve experienced are actual grounds for a negligence claim, or simply for a complaint.

The NHS has well established complaints procedures that are designed to resolve issues quickly and efficiently, and to identify faults in procedures and thereafter make recommendations to put them right. All NHS complaints are dealt with by the NHS Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). PALS charter is not responsible for disciplining or dismissing medical practitioners, or for deciding upon or awarding compensation.

If your issue is more about being dissatisfied with general procedures and you are looking to highlight issues for improvement, then the PALS procedure is probably the best route for you.

However if you believe that you have suffered injury, pain or loss due to a specific act of a medical practitioner or the general level of care received, and you believe that you deserve compensation then you need to seek advice in respect of making a medical negligence claim.

Making your claim

In seeking to establish the validity of any medical negligence claim a Solicitor will be looking to establish two key factors:

1. Was your Doctor, Nurse or medical team at fault to the extent that they did not provide a level of service and care equal to what would be expected of another professional in their field.
2. Did you suffer actual harm, injury or loss as a direct result of this lack of care.

This is sometimes called the Bolam test. It can sometimes be a tricky test to satisfy and a close examination of the facts will be necessary.

Your Solicitor will help you gather evidence to establish whether the above conditions are met. If they think your case meets the above criteria, and that you have a reasonable chance of bringing a successful claim, then they may agree to take on your case on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis. We also guarantee that you will receive the maximum compensation and we will not deduct a success fee from your damages, unlike other law firms who generally take 25% of your recovered compensation.

Time Limits to make a claim

One other thing to consider is the Limitation Act 1980. This is essentially a legal time limit which means that a claim must be commenced within 3 years of the injury or harm having occurred. There are exceptions to this rule and limitation is a complex area of law. You should take specific legal advice on this subject, which your Solicitor will be able to provide.

I’m worried about finances. How would I finance my claim?

The bad news is that legal aid funding for medical negligence was withdrawn as part of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, in all but a very limited number of cases involving specific injuries to children during pregnancy, birth and the initial post-natal period.

The good news is that there are medical negligence Solicitors who take on cases on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis. Such claims are usually taken on under what’s called a Conditional Fee Agreement, or CFA. This just means that if the claim is not successful, the Solicitor will not charge a fee. In the event of a successful claim a Success Fee would normally be charged. The success fee would be a percentage of the final compensation awarded and would usually result in a deduction from your damages.

However at Been Let Down, we guarantee that you will keep the maximum compensation as we do not deduct success fees from your damages in cases against the NHS. Most firms charge their clients considerable success fees for these types of claims which can mean your compensation is reduced by up to 25%. On a £100,000 claim, this would mean you would only receive £75,000. This firm will not charge you a success fee and you will receive your compensation in full with no deduction of success fee.

There are also other financial considerations to be made that your Solicitor should advise you of, such as whether you will need ATE Insurance. In some cases a claimant would actually be liable to pay the defendants costs in the event of an unsuccessful claim, and further you may also need protection to cover you for the cost of obtaining experts reports should you lose your case. ATE Insurance covers your costs in these circumstances, ensuring that you are not left in a difficult financial predicament.

BLD — Specialist Professional and Medical Negligence Solicitors

At Been Let Down (BLD for short), we have a proven track record of many years of winning medical negligence claims for our clients. Due to our experience and the specialist knowledge we have accumulated in this field, we know that we can beat the terms offered for Success fees with other legal firms and ATE Insurance by other Solicitors. What’s more, unlike with many other legal firms in this field, at BLD you will always be speaking to an experienced Solicitor from the very first day. We will listen sensitively to the details of your circumstances, and advise on whether we think you have grounds for a claim with at least a reasonable chance of success.

If we determine that you do, then we will most likely offer to take on your claim on a No Win No Fee Basis. Just give us a call on our Freephone number or fill in our quick initial claim form on our website. One of our experienced Solicitors will call you back promptly do discuss your case further. All initial consultations are free and on a no obligation basis. Contact us and let us help you get the compensation that you deserve.

Can I Sue My Hospital for Negligence

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If you’ve been considering the question can I sue my hospital for negligence, you should know that you can sue a hospital for negligence for a variety of reasons. However, medical negligence is a complex issue so it’s probably best to get sound legal advice on how to how to sue a hospital from Solicitors that specialise in the area of medical and hospital negligence to see if you have a valid claim.

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Wherever a medical practitioner is negligent and is employed by a hospital it may be possible to sue the actual hospital for negligence. If a Doctor working for a particular hospital makes a mistake that has serious consequences for a patient or group of patients, then it may be possible to sue the Doctor or the hospital (or both). In certain cases, it may be more applicable to sue the hospital rather than sue a Doctor or medical professional individually.

Every hospital of course has a responsibility to provide a certain level of care and service (duty of care), to every patient. Where this duty of care has not been to the proper level and this has led to harm of a patient then the hospital may be deemed to have been negligent. Examples of this may include issues such as incorrectly or poorly trained staff, insufficient hygiene standards or even unsanitary washing, bathroom or dining facilities. Then there are issues such as medical staff not being properly qualified or trained for the tasks they are performing, or incorrect treatment or misdiagnosis due to inadequate or sloppy procedural issues (bad admin, mis-reporting of test results etc.).

When issues such as these are encountered it may be more applicable to sue the hospital rather than a particular member of hospital staff. That’s where beenletdown.co.uk come in. After contacting us with your initial details, you’ll be called back by one of our experienced medical negligence Solicitors (with us you’ll always speak to an actual Solicitor from day one).

We’ll listen sensitively to the details of your case, help you to gather the evidence you need and advise on whether you can you sue a hospital, which will depend on whether you have a valid case for a medical negligence claim. If we decide that you satisfy all the criteria, then we will most likely offer to handle your claim on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis.

Our Solicitors are hugely experienced in the field of medical negligence, and we have been winning cases for our clients for years, including those related to suing a hospital for negligence. Therefore we can confidently state that we can offer the very best representation. Contacting us is easy through our simple online claim form or via our Freephone number. All initial consultations are free and at no obligation to yourself. So why not make contact today and we can help you on your way to the compensation you deserve.

Did the Junior Doctors Strike Affect Quality of Care?

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Earlier this year 75% of junior Doctors voted in favour of walking out of their jobs and taking strike action. A question at the forefront of many people’s minds will be: Did the junior Doctors’ strikes mean that the quality of the NHS treatment deteriorated? Many officials believe that this is a definite possibility.

Patients Suffer For Workers’ Rights

During the month of January 2016, Doctors’ strikes saw significant absences of Doctors, excluding those in the emergency departments. This happened again in February. These repeated times of withdrawal of resources does not only have an impact on lawmakers, but more importantly means that those who need the service the most lose out on essential care.

When junior Doctors strike, even for a day, this could mean that thousands of patients across the UK are unable to be seen for their scheduled appointments. These appointments need to be made for another date and with the NHS already running behind schedule and beyond full capacity in many areas of the country, this can only be bad news. Patients who are recovering from illnesses or surgery and who are not seen in a timely manner may need to be readmitted. During the strikes, the NHS saw an increase of 6.5% in the rate of readmissions.

Negligence Claims Increasing

Following the decline of the service created by the junior Doctors’ strikes, several patients have started to come forward with complaints about the way in which their medical needs have been handled — or rather have not been. As the NHS has a duty of care to its patients, it is unsurprising that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of patients submitting claims for medical negligence against the service.

Many argue, however, that the junior Doctors’ strikes were highly important for the workers in the NHS. Many Doctors already work long hours with few breaks and unsocial shift patterns but further demands were being placed on NHS staff to work even longer hours and to take pay cuts.

It has been observed in other countries that patients are less likely to attend a hospital or medical centre where strike action has taken place. This is generally down to a breakdown in trust between professionals and their patients. Whilst the NHS may be a valuable resource for patients all around the UK, a decline in the service and a loss of trust from its patients could cause serious problems in the NHS.

Bullying of Staff in Liverpool-based NHS Trust

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An investigation of the Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust uncovered some shocking findings. Since 2011, there is mounting evidence of medical failure throughout the Trust. This is more than likely due to the oppressive culture of the Liverpool based trust.

During the investigation, one patient revealed that his lung cancer had not been detected by the trust for 4 months. With a case as serious as this, an early diagnosis is essential and the blunder allowed the cancer to progress further than it should have been allowed to.

A statement released by the Trust highlighted that they are now making improvements and have expressed their apologies for not following up on these problems. A number of staff from the Trust are revealed to be under investigation following allegations of medical negligence.

Worrying Cases of Staff Abuse

As with many trusts around the country, the Liverpool based Trust provides health services to hundreds of thousands of patients in the area. This health care is provided both at clinics and at the patients’ homes.

During the investigation of the Trust, it was found that there were serious concerns around understaffing and due to the low staff numbers, the workers in the Trust were often subjected to bullying and harassment by patients and their relatives caused by mounting strains on the services.

In 2013, one particular attack saw a member of staff taken hostage by a family member of a patient. The incident was not investigated fully by the trust at the time.

At the centre of the problems, there did not seem to be a clear staffing structure at the Trust and as a result, the management and leadership had disintegrated. The lack of leadership and investigation skills led to a failure to understand the statistics of the deaths that had occurred under the care of the Trust and a lack of understanding of how the deaths had been caused.

The Trust had also failed to investigate the comments of its own workforce, as well as failing to monitor and improve the in-patient healthcare services. These problems caused the Trust to receive two warnings in January 2014 from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Changes Have Been Made

The Trust’s new chief executive, Sue Page has expressed some concern after speaking to staff when she took up her position. She said that it was clear that workers at the Trust knew that things were very wrong. They had become hurt by the way in which the Trust had operated and on behalf of the NHS, she has apologised to the staff for the treatment they had received up to that point.

A public inquiry has been opened to look closely at the Trust. The report suggested that the new management team that has been appointed at the Trust were making the necessary changes to take the organisation forward and to improve the way the Trust operates. The report also recommended for the Trust to attempt to speed up the rate of the change for the staff and patients connected with the organisation.

If you believe you or a family member has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact us today.

“Never Events” and the NHS

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At a time when the NHS is facing challenges with Government funding cuts and an ageing population, public support for this great institution is running high. Yet with 308 ‘never events’ taking place in England between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015, more still needs to be done to prevent them.

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A ‘never event’ is a serious but largely preventable incident which affects the health and wellbeing of the patient. The ‘never event’ could have been avoided had the proper procedures and guidelines been followed and the task have been carried out in accordance with health and safety guidelines.

According to the NHS England guidelines there are 25 categories that constitute a ‘never event’ . These include the retention of foreign object post procedure or wrongly prepared high-risk injectable medication. The most common of these ‘never events’ is wrong site surgery, where surgery was carried out on the wrong limb, wrong organ or even the wrong patient. This grossly negligent practice occurred a staggering 126 times between April of last year and March of this year.

If a ‘never event’ occurs the hospital and/or NHS trust will find it very difficult to defend any claim submitted, it is highly likely that the NHS trust will admit liability/beach of duty in the claim. However it’s important to note that even if breach of duty is conceded you as a Claimant must still prove causation, this is where our specialist knowledge and guidance can assist.

Statistics released by NHS England last month show these types of catastrophic incidents are occurring in hospitals all over England, with Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust topping the tables. A staggering nine have taken place at the Trust including one “wrong implant”, five counts of items being left inside a patient’s body, and three separate “wrong site” surgeries.

Other top scorers on the ‘never event’ wall of shame include Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, with eight and seven respectively. Katherine Murphy, Chief Executive of the Patients Association, condemned the “utterly unacceptable” results.

“Incidents of “wrong site surgery” and “retained foreign objects” are utterly unacceptable and pose a huge risk to patient safety,” she told BBC News. “A visit to hospital can be highly stressful at the best of times and at the very least, patients deserve to be treated in a safe, regulated environment.”

The NHS as a whole and individual staff are said to be doing their best to bring these figures down. (Over the same period the previous year there were 338 ‘never events’ incidents so standards are improving). However, more needs to be done by the Government and all who work within the NHS to ensure that ‘never’ does indeed mean ‘never’.

Making a Claim

Have you or someone you know been affected by a ‘never event’?
With Been Let Down as your Solicitor it’s easy to find out if you may be entitled to compensation. Our friendly Solicitors will discuss your claim with you free of charge. Just contact us by the Freephone telephone or via the simple initial contact claim form on our website. You will be called back promptly by one of our highly experienced Solicitors to discuss your situation further.

Unlike other legal firms, with us you will be speaking to an actual Solicitor from day one, although all initial consultations will of course be free and at no obligation to yourself. We will listen sensitively to the details of your claim, and if we decide that you have a good case in negligence with a reasonable chance of success, then we most likely offer to pursue your claim for you on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis.

It’s best not to hold back in getting the advice you need, all medical negligence claims have time limits in which proceedings must be commenced. So you have nothing to lose in contacting us, and you have no obligation to proceed. Get in contact today and find out if you can claim for compensation.

Sources:

http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com
http://www.bbc.co.uk

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Solicitor Fails to Comply With Court Orders

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In some cases, clients who have made a claim and been represented by a Solicitor, have been let down by their Solicitors, often because the Solicitor have failed to comply with court orders. If this happens, a client should be aware of the potential consequences and what action they can take.

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The Civil Procedure Rules were amended in 2013, and imposed a strict approach to compliance with court orders in order to ensure that litigation is efficiently dealt with. Failing to comply with a Court order can result in your claim being struck out, your losses being unrecoverable, and an order for costs being made against you. There are a number of ways in which a Solicitor may be negligent in the context of non-compliance of a court order.

The three most common failings that occur are:

– Failing to file or to serve documents within the time arranged by the court, including documents such as a Claim form or Particulars of Claim, witness statements or documents in support of your losses;

– Failing to comply to a court order which requires certain action by a specified date;

– Failing to pay any court fees on time.

The potential consequences for failing to comply can range in severity, from a cost order being made against you personally (including a CCJ being registered against you) to your claim being struck out by the Court, resulting in your losses being unrecoverable.

The Court will usually take such a step when it finds that the failure to comply with the Court’s order was without good reason, or that the explanation given by a Solicitor is not satisfactory.

When a case is struck out by the court, your Solicitor should advise you as to the right and likelihood of success of appealing against that decision. Sometimes, even where the matter is appealed, the Court can uphold a decision to strike out a claim.

Any decision by the Court to strike out your claim will almost certainly include an order for costs being made. An order for costs is a financial penalty against you, and can result in a CCJ being registered against your name. Furthermore, you will be prevented from making a claim for losses.

In cases where the strike out is as a result of the Solicitor’s failing or negligence, it is possible to bring a claim against your Solicitor for your losses as originally claimed, plus any additional costs ordered against you.

It is not unusual for clients to sue their Solicitor, and indeed all Solicitors are obliged by the Solicitor’s Regulatory Authority to hold insurance to deal with any claims made by clients in negligence. Therefore should you have a successful claim against a Solicitor you will always be paid.

The good news is that here at Been Let Down we are happy to accept claims in Professional Negligence on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis. Such claims are usually taken on under what’s called a Conditional Fee Agreement, or CFA.

This just means that if the claim is not successful then we will not charge you any fees. In the event of a successful claim a Success Fee would be charged. The success fee would be a percentage of the final compensation awarded. This percentage would have been previously agreed upon within the terms of the CFA.

There are also other financial considerations to be made that your Solicitor should advise you of, such as whether you will need ATE Insurance. ATE insurance allows a Claimant peace of mind that they will not be liable for any fees of the other side, should the claims be unsuccessful.

BLD — Specialist Professional and Medical Negligence Solicitors

At beenletdown.co.uk (BLD for short), we have a proven track record of success in dealing with claims against Solicitors for our clients. Due to our experience and the specialist knowledge we have accumulated in this field, we know that we can better the terms offered for Success fees by other legal firms and ATE Insurance by other Solicitors. What’s more, unlike with many other legal firms in this field, at BLD you will always be speaking to an Experienced Solicitor from day one. We will listen sensitively to the details of your circumstances, and advise on whether we think you have potential grounds for a claim with at least a reasonable chance of success.

If we determine that you do, then we will act in respect of your claim on a No Win No Fee Basis.

Just give us a call on our Freephone number or fill in our quick initial claim form on our website. One of our experienced Solicitors will call you back promptly to discuss your case further. All initial consultations are Free and on a No Obligation Basis. Contact us and let us help you get the compensation that you deserve.

How to Choose a Good GP

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One of the key decisions you make in your life will be: ‘Who should I choose as my General Practitioner (GP)?’ This person will be responsible for not just your health and wellbeing, but potentially that of your children as well. How do you go about making this important choice?

Imagine if you have moved to a new town or city and know very little of the area. How would you find go about gathering enough information to find the best GP for you?

First of all use local services. Find a list of which GP surgeries are in the area (local newspapers and public libraries are a good source of information).

In conjunction with local services, you could ask local people in the area; utilise the knowledge of your neighbours to see who they would recommend and what experiences they have had from GPs in the area.

Also, the NHS Website allows you to compare GP surgeries and provides as much relevant information as possible. There are seven different areas of information that they provide including:

  • NHS star rating
  • Number of registered patients
  • Percentage recommended by patients
  • Do they offer an electronic prescription service?
  • Are they currently accepting new patients?
  • Do they offer an online booking service?
  • Can you order/view repeat prescriptions online?

These key areas should all factor in when you decide upon your GP. Other factors you may wish to consider are the location and opening times of the surgery and the transport links to it.

Location: Would you be able to get to the surgery? If needed, is the surgery serviced by public transport? Do you need your surgery to be near to your home, work or both?

Opening hours: Find a Doctors surgery with hours that suit you. Some surgeries stay open earlier/later to cater for people outside of their working hours.

However you may not always be able to access the surgery that you want. Each Doctor’s surgery will have a catchment area, and if you live outside of that catchment area then they can refuse you. As well as this, a surgery can close their patient list if they feel they do not have the staff to cover the amount of patients on their books.

Signing up with a GP surgery is not a binding agreement and you can change your surgery anytime you wish – all of your details will be transferred over to your new Doctors.

So when choosing your GP surgery, we highly recommend doing your research.

Frankly, based on the number of claims we receive due to GP negligence, it is one of the most important decisions you are likely to make.

Have you or someone you know been affected by GP negligence? Telephone 0800 234 3234 or 0151 321 1000 to discuss if you may be entitled to compensation for professional negligence.

Sources:

http://www.nhs.uk

http://www.netdoctor.co.uk

http://www.channel4.com/news

 

Misdiagnosis, the most common malpractice

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In 2009-10, the NHS paid out £56 million in compensation to patients who had been incorrectly misdiagnosed. In 2010-2011 this rocketed to £98 million.

In 2011, 1,204 successful cases were brought against NHS trusts for misdiagnosis – an increase of 80 per cent over a five-year period from 2006-7. On the basis of these figures, this is a trend that will keep getting worse. It will cost the NHS and the tax payer millions of pounds and, more importantly, more people their lives.

When you fall sick a diagnosis is the first stage in getting you fit and healthy; this will underpin what treatment is required. If that person is misdiagnosed, it can have severe implications on the patient’s health.

Human error is a major cause of misdiagnosis; this can come from an accidental error from both the Doctor and/or the patient. However more often than not it comes in the form of incompetence, negligence, or a lack of experience from the GP and his supporting staff. Something as simple as test results being filed in the wrong place could have huge ramifications for the patient.

With GP malpractice on the rise, there are many reasons why there could be a misdiagnosis. These include:

  • The failure to order appropriate tests
  • The failure to provide an adequate follow-up
  • Failure to refer to a specialist in that field
  • Providing a late follow-up to the test results, or
  • Misinterpreting the symptoms.

Misdiagnosis may also not be the fault of the GP. There are instances where misdiagnosis has occurred which are beyond their control and where the blame lies firmly with their colleagues. These include:

  • Inadequate testing conditions
  • Faulty equipment used for test
  • Incorrect results fed back to patient by administrative staff
  • Mishandling or loss of results

In some cases, a misdiagnosis can occur when a patient gives wrong or unclear information to their GP but these instances are few and far between. Too often the blame falls at the feet of those who we trust with our care, and with more cuts planned to the NHS and increasing pressure on staff to do more for less, this situation is only going to get worse.

How much more needless suffering must patients go through before this issue is taken seriously and is eradicated once and for all?

Have you or someone you know been affected by a misdiagnosis? Telephone 0800 234 3234 or 0151 321 1000 to discuss if you may be entitled to compensation for professional negligence.

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk

http://www.telegraph.co.uk

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk

http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Seven-day NHS: What does it really mean for you?

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With David Cameron promising that England will “become the first country in the world to deliver a truly seven-day NHS” by 2020, what does that mean for us and is it really achievable?

Let’s look at why there is need for a seven-day NHS.

First of all, if you are admitted to hospital over the weekend with a life-threatening illness, then the mortality rate can increase by up 16%. The day of the week in which you fall ill should have no bearing on your chances of survival, but the harsh reality is that it does.

At present, anyone admitted suffering a heart attack, stroke or as a result of a serious accident may not receive the best possible treatment if senior consultants or more seasoned Doctors are not on duty. In addition, X-rays, MRI and CT scans are not always available 24/7 – again denying patients essential tools to help their fight for survival.

If a seven-day NHS is willing to offer these essential services then this can only be a good thing and one which the whole country will benefit from.

Another area in which the NHS would benefit from operating 24/7 is that there would be a vast reduction in the amount of patients waiting to be seen on a Monday morning. Currently Doctors are arriving at work on Monday already facing a huge backlog as a result of the weekend. Care Quality Commission Senior Medical Advisor Nick Bishop said: “You can’t get patients in because for the last two days you’ve had more admissions than discharges.” If a seven-day NHS can reduce the pressure for all NHS staff, then surely this a win-win situation for all concerned?

However… could this ever really happen? Early indicators are that this notion is folly. We are increasingly told how the NHS is struggling financially so – in this age of austerity – where is the extra money going to come from? In addition to cost, where are all the extra members of staff going to come from? The NHS is already struggling to fill vacancies as it is; how on earth will they recruit even more competent and professional staff? Currently in the UK, it can take up to 16 years of training before someone is a qualified Doctor. The maths just does not add up.

In a perfect world, a seven-day NHS would be fantastic – a service free for all as and when needed and would benefit all concerned. However the fear is that if the Government goes ahead with these plans without adequate funding and trained staff, then the NHS staff will be put under more pressure, which will be more detrimental to patients’ health and wellbeing.

Have you or someone you know been affected by out-of-hours medical negligence? Telephone 0800 234 3234 or 0151 321 1000 to discuss if you may be entitled to compensation for professional negligence.

Sources:

http://www.theguardian.com

https://bma.org.uk

http://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk

http://www.theguardian.com

 

When does ”˜Never’ not mean ”˜Never in the NHS?

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At a time when the NHS is facing challenges with more Government funding cuts and an ageing population, public support for this great institution is running high. Yet with 308 “never events” taking place in England between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015, more still needs to be done to prevent them.

What is a Never event?

A “never event” is a serious but largely preventable incident which affects the health and wellbeing of the patient. The ‘never event’ could have been avoided had the proper procedures and guidelines been followed and the task have been carried out in accordance with health and safety guidelines.

According to the NHS England guidelines there are 25 categories that constitute a “never event” . These include the retention of foreign object post procedure or wrongly prepared high-risk injectable medication. The most common of these “never events” is wrong site surgery, where surgery could be carried out on the wrong limb, wrong organ or even the wrong patient. This grossly negligent practice occurred a staggering 126 times between April of last year and March of this year.

NHS release statistics

Statistics released by NHS England last month show these types of catastrophic incidents are occurring in hospitals all over England, with Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust topping the tables. A staggering nine have taken place at the Trust including one “wrong implant”, five counts of items being left inside patients’ bodies, and three separate “wrong site” surgeries.

Other top scorers on the ‘never event’ wall of shame include Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, with eight and seven respectively.

Katherine Murphy, Chief Executive of the Patients Association, condemned the “utterly unacceptable” results.

“Incidents of “wrong site surgery” and “retained foreign objects” are utterly unacceptable and pose a huge risk to patient safety,” she told BBC News.

“A visit to hospital can be highly stressful at the best of times and at the very least, patients deserve to be treated in a safe, regulated environment.”

The NHS as a whole and individual staff are said to be doing their best to bring these figures down. (Over the same period the previous year there were 338 ‘never event’ incidents so standards are improving).

However yet more needs to be done by the Government and all who work within the NHS to ensure that ‘never’ does indeed mean ‘never’.

Have you or someone you know been affected by a “never event” ? Telephone 0800 234 3234 or 0151 321 1000 to discuss if you may be entitled to compensation for professional negligence.

Sources:

http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com

http://www.bbc.co.uk

http://www.england.nhs.uk