Doctors who harm patients or put their patients in danger will now face tougher sanctions under new proposals by the General Medical Council. The Council have stated that plans are under way to impose stricter penalties on doctors who make mistakes while practising in order to protect patients from harm. Members of the public have expressed concern that stronger action should be taken when mistakes are made and the council could even force medical practitioners to apologise for mistakes where they have not done so before. Although the regulator currently has powers to restrict practise, suspend doctors or permanently prevent them from practising, they state that certain situations should have stricter penalties. For example, a practitioner may face a harsher penalty if they do not raise concern over a colleague who is putting patients at risk. The General Medical Council has stated that maintaining trust is essential in the medical profession and doctors who breach that trust should be held accountable. Many doctors and patients have expressed their approval of the new measures.
Types of clinical negligence
Doctors who harm patients can be held liable for their actions and you may be entitled to compensation where there is evidence that negligence took place. Negligence may be caused by a doctor or medic who has misdiagnosed you with another illness or failed to diagnose your illness. This could lead to a lack of treatment or the wrong treatment causing your illness to progress or result in complications. Admin errors may also come under clinical negligence. This could be a mistake with your medication causing adverse effects or resulting in the wrong treatment. If there is evidence of negligence, the Accident Advice Helpline can assist you.
How we can help
Accident Advice Helpline works with solicitors around the UK to help victims of clinical negligence to claim compensation for their suffering. If you have suffered an illness or your illness has progressed due to clinical negligence, we may be able to help you win a cash payout. This could help you pay for any unforeseen medical costs, travel costs to appointments and could assist you financially if you have taken time off work because of your illness. Our no win, no fee* policy means that you won’t have to pay anything upfront so your finances won’t suffer. Call us free on our 24-hour helpline to discuss your case.
Source: BBC News
Date Published: September 9, 2014
Author: David Brown