New published figures have highlighted the number of devastating NHS failures over the UK, with the highest number of complaints found in the East of England. The mistakes have been revealed by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman in order to highlight where improvements could be made. One case resulted in a man being diagnosed with a blood clot by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. However, the man was actually suffering from a tear in the blood vessel leading from the heart to the body and subsequently died because of a failure to diagnose the condition. A total of 2,199 cases were investigated by the Ombudsman over 2013 and 2014, a significant increase on the 384 cases investigated in the previous year. The East of England hospitals had a total of 15 complaints and West Midlands’ hospitals had a total of 13. The North East and South West had only one complaint each. Another case saw a woman suffer delays in surgery for bladder cancer. She passed away while waiting for the decision to be made on the best course of treatment for her condition. The woman’s family were awarded £1,750 in compensation due to the suffering and stress caused by the delays.
Patient safety and compensation
NHS failures like these can result in serious illness or even the death of a patient, particularly if a patient has suffered a failure to diagnose a condition. A doctor may be held liable for clinical negligence if he/she has lapsed in a patient’s care or has failed to treat an illness accordingly. Any delays in diagnosis due to negligence could result in complications from a failure to treat the condition. In addition, negligence may have occurred if you have been prescribed medication you are on record as having an adverse reaction to. You may have undergone the wrong procedure or have been the victim of botched surgery. If you have been a victim of medical negligence, you may be able to claim compensation for your suffering.
How to get representation
If you have been the victim of clinical negligence you can call Accident Advice Helpline for representation. We work with a team of solicitors to provide you with the advice you need and to help you obtain evidence to help you with your case. Should you have suffered a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose and your condition worsened, we may be able to win you a cash payout. Where there is any evidence that clinical negligence, you could be entitled to a payout which may help you financially during a stressful and difficult time.
Date Published: September 9, 2014
Author: David Brown