Delays in cancer treatment are occurring in 75% of hospital Trusts.

Unfortunately in some situations time is a critical factor because often the earlier a diagnosis is made and treatment commenced, the better the chances of a patient making a good recovery. If treatment is delayed, this can lead to permanent complications and health issues which could potentially have been avoided. By way of an example, 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …