It seems that it is not just England that is struggling to maintain an appropriate level of service in the NHS. Wales has recently reported a doubling in medical negligence payouts totalling £38m.
Reports suggest that an increase in the amount of cerebral palsy sufferers caused by childbirth injuries has played a major part in the increase.
The way the Welsh NHS pays out compensation has changed for cerebral palsy. Now, victims are being paid every year rather than a large upfront payment. This has lead to great overall payments over time.
To find out more about this report, see the full article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-19324996
The Care Quality Commission (CQC), a regulator whose job is to inspect hospitals and care homes, has recently been found to have covered up a report that exposed how it had failed to uncover serious problems at the maternity unit at Morecambe Bay hospital.
The CQC has been surrounded by controversy from the start, and the latest report suggests that senior managers ordered the destruction of the report and tried to force the whistle-blowers out of their jobs.
This is another example of NHS negligence and the ensuing cover up that is bound to lead to patients questioning the level of care that they received, not just at Morecambe Bay hospital, but at any NHS clinic nationwide.
You can read more about this report at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/telegraph-view/10130086/Our-faith-in-the-NHS-is-eroding-fast.html
A recent report suggests that the costs are mounting for clinical negligence claims and that the NHS could faces a bill of up to £15.7bn. This is a huge burden on the already stretched budget funded by UK tax payers.
The NHS and politicians are trying to pass the blame onto the legal profession, suggesting that No Win No Fee lawyers encourage people to make claims. However, the real reason for the spiraling costs surely lies in the ever deteriorating service that the NHS provides for its patients.
Read more about this topic at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9065534/NHS-facing-15.7bn-for-rising-number-of-clinical-negligence-claims.html
Recent news suggests that the recent scandals surrounding the NHS have lead to an increase in negligence claims by 20% in just one year.
Forecasts suggest the negligence bill will soon reach £19 billion – one fifth of the total NHS budget.
Margaret Hodge, chairman of the Commons public accounts committee said “The trend is really concerning. Some of this is about ambulance-chasing lawyers, but more than that I think this reflects problems with the quality of healthcare, and that is a major concern.”
We have found a significant increase in the number of people calling us to discuss malpractice and poor treatment through the NHS. Unless there is a significant change in protocol and practices at the NHS, these numbers look set to continue to rise.
Find out more about this report at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10093091/NHS-negligence-claims-rise-by-20-per-cent-in-just-one-year.html
Sad news as yet another NHS failure leads to an unnecessary death of a 43 year old Down’s syndrome sufferer.
Martin Ryan, who had severe learning difficulties and epilepsy, was left unable to swallow after having suffered from a stroke. A “serious breakdown in communication” at Kingston Hospital left him without food for weeks.
The NHS is constantly under scrutiny for the way it treats it’s patients, and in this case, it would appear that the level of Mr Ryan’s treatment was indeed impaired because of his disability.
It is cases like these which deserve to be challenged. The victim’s mother said “We are very angry that the staff who did that to him are not named and bought to justice. Until they are I will never feel that he has had justice.”
You can read more about this at http://news.sky.com/story/679276/nhs-failures-man-starved-in-hospital-care.
The NHS has introduced the 111 number as a way of reducing the burden on the already over-stretched accident and emergency departments in the UK’s hospitals. However, the recent launch of the 111 service has not been a success, especially if you were one of the patients trying to use it.
The first apology came from the NHS spokesperson just 12 days after the launch of the service.
How is this phone service going to impact the number of misdiagnosis and malpractice cases that the NHS already faces? Are we going to see more and more people being misdiagnosed over the phone? What impact is this going to have on the total number of clinical negligence cases if people are not getting the proper treatment in the appropriate timeframe.
You can read more about this at http://www.hsj.co.uk/news/commissioning/nhs-111-failures-have-let-patients-down-nhs-england-admits/5057384.article