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Hospital safety standards shocking

Posted on November 28th 2014

A recent report by the BBC describes how inspectors have found safety standards in hospitals in England to be “shocking”. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) released a warning following publishing the results of its annual state of care report. The new system has been designed to be tougher and was overhauled following the Stafford Hospital scandal.

The report outlines how so-called “never events” were still happening at the rate of once a day across the NHS. Out of the 82 hospitals inspected, which is a quarter of the total in England, eight were given an inadequate rating and 57 require improvement. The Chief Executive of the CQC was quoted as saying: “There is too much variation in care”.

Within the report the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt lamented the “expensive and wasteful” mistakes that were being made by Hospitals. He highlighted research by Frontier Economics for the government which showed errors, such as mistakes with medicine, bed ulcers and avoidable infections could be costing the NHS in England over £1bn a year.

Mr Hunt’s was quoted during a recent speech:

“I want every director of every Hospital Trust to understand the impact this harm is having not just on their patients, but also on their finances. More resources should be invested in improving patient care rather than wasted on picking up the pieces when things go wrong.”

The report suggests that Mr Hunt would like Hospital Trust Directors to understand the financial impact of harm, as accordingly to the report last year the NHS spent £1.3bn on payouts after being sued by patients over care errors.

As the report continues, Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, is quoted to have said:

“The government needs to invest in more staff before patient care can be improved. Falls and preventable conditions such as pressure ulcers happen when there are not enough staff on a ward to care properly for every patient, not because nurses are unaware that these things should be prevented”.

Here at Oliver & Co our medical negligence solicitors understand that the consequences of Hospital standards failing can have a detrimental effect on a patient’s life and in some circumstances can be fatal. We have successfully obtained compensation for a vast range of Client’s who have suffered the devastating consequences of Hospital failings such as “never events”, pressure sores and falls which has in some circumstances been fatal.

How we can help?

Please contact us for advice if you feel you have suffered any form of negligent medical/dental treatment. We have a specialist team of solicitors who are always happy to help. At Oliver & Co, we are unique in that the head of our Clinical Negligence department, Linda Schermer-Jones, is a qualified doctor as well as a qualified solicitor. We therefore benefit from in-house medical knowledge and are able to get to grips with your claim and locate any areas of negligent care quickly.

Our solicitors deal with a wide variety of medical claims including missed/delayed diagnosis claims, orthopaedic injuries, drug dispensing errors and claims against GPs. Our Liz Fry has extensive experience with claims against dentists, our Kerry Goulden has had great success in pursuing claims involving poor nursing care and our Jyoati Chada provides attentive care to our clients who are claiming on behalf of loved ones that have died.

With the assistance of our paralegal Emma Woodrow as well as our team secretaries Becky Shields and Hannah Hughes, we tend to work on a team basis and pool our legal and medical knowledge to offer the best service to our clients.

If you would like advice on whether you have a potential hospital negligence claim or assistance with drafting a letter of complaint, please contact us on the number below. Please note that there are legal time limits in place for starting a claim for compensation, and our specialist clinical negligence solicitors will be able to advise you specifically on the facts of your own case.

Direct Dial Clinical Negligence Department: 01244 354688

Call and speak to a member of our team on 01244 312306