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