Complaining about Hospital Treatment – the Guide

Medical treatment is usually very good and the vast majority of people experience a favourable outcome. Unfortunately sometimes treatment can go wrong and this article aims to explain your options with regards to the right to complain and in some circumstances when legal action is appropriate. It concerns medical treatment which is provided by a Read More …

Call for New Clinical Negligence Liability Test

It has been reported in the Legal Gazette that Sir Peter Jackson, Former Court of Appeal Judge has suggested a change in the legal test for Clinical Negligence cases. It was acknowledged that such a move would be likely to increase the number of claims for compensation brought as a consequence of Clinical Negligence. Therefore, Read More …

Poor NHS Care for Women with Heart Failure

A recent article in the Daily Mail revealed that a study by Oxford University found female patients receive ‘sub optimal care’ when it comes to diagnostic tests, prescriptions and follow-up appointments.  The research was led by Dr Nathalie Conrad, a PhD student who focuses on the epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases. ‘Heart failure is a severe condition Read More …

Maternal Infection could be Halved if Antibiotics are Given

Sepsis is a problem in the UK. According to an article recently published in the Daily Mail, sepsis is the biggest cause of maternal death in the UK When it comes to childbirth, assisted births (forceps or ventouse) increase the risk of sepsis. A study has revealed that if antibiotics were given to mothers who Read More …

Drop in GP numbers

A study undertaken by the Nuffield Trust has identified a significant drop in the number of GPs. The study which was commissioned by the BBC reported that the numbers of GPs per 100,000 people has now dropped from approximately 65 to 60. This has the effect of longer waiting times and more pressure being placed Read More …

Giving Birth at Night or During the Weekend – an increase in medical negligence and compensation claims?

According to research conducted by the Daily Mail (following information obtained under the Freedom of Information Laws), three quarters of maternity units have no Consultants during the night. Apparently, the majority of Consultants go home at night and leave the care of women in labour to midwives and junior doctors. According to the Daily Mail, Read More …

Medical Negligence: Reduction in Stillbirths Rates

Well done to Hull Women’s and Children’s Hospital! According to the Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust website, the Trust have reduced stillbirth by 36 per cent from 25 in 2016/17 to 14 so far in 2018/2019. The Trust have adopted national guidelines to save babies’ lives. It puts helping women to stop smoking, monitoring Read More …

A Rise in Medical Negligence Claims Due to Longer NHS Waiting Times Warns the National Audit Office

A knock on effect of the increase in NHS waiting times may be the increase in medical negligence claims. The National Audit Office published the “NHS Waiting Times for Elective and Cancer Treatment” https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/NHS-waiting-times-for-elective-and-cancer-treatment.pdf which documented that the waiting times nearly doubled between March 2013 and November 2018, growing from 2.7 million to 4.2 million. Read More …

Misdiagnosis of Cancer Claims and Failure to Diagnose Cancer Claims

It was recently reported in the media that more than 500 patients have received compensation from the NHS since 2014 for failing to spot cancer in patients. Misdiagnosis of cancer claims has cost the NHS £46.9 million in compensation and it is alleged that misdiagnosis of cancer cases occur as often as three times a Read More …

Each Baby Counts: Update

“Each Baby Counts” is the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist’s (“RCOG”) national quality improvement programme to reduce the number of babies who die (stillbirth or neonatal death) or are left severely disabled as a result of incidents occurring during labour (see earlier blog and https://www.rcog.org.uk/eachbabycounts for more information). The salient points from the report Read More …