Chris Newcombe’s father, who underwent cataract surgery at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton in May 2014, suffered complications including swollen corneas and blurred vision after the surgery. Performed by Vanguard Healthcare, who were contracted to clear a backlog of patients awaiting cataract surgery, 31 out of 62 patients who underwent surgery were left with similar symptoms. Usually only one in 400 patients is left suffering these kinds of side-effects after cataract surgery. The company’s contract to carry out 400 operations was terminated after just four days.
Mr Newcombe’s son spotted that his father’s botched eye surgery, which took place on May 9th, was performed after staff at the hospital lodged concerns over Vanguard’s capabilities and asked for their work to cease. He is now looking for answers as to how the company were able to continue operating. His father will need a cornea transplant to restore his sight. Mr Newcombe commented, “My father is traumatised and depressed with the loss of his eyesight. This could have been prevented if the welfare of the patients had been thought about, rather than this urgency of just getting people through.”
The hospital’s medical director commented, “If any of the patients wish to pursue compensation, we would work with them.”
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Source: Somerset Gazette
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown