Health trust apologises over poor care of patients

A health trust has apologised to cancer patients who were treated by a negligent consultant. Letters of apology were sent out to 27 bladder and prostate cancer patients treated by consultant Paul Miller at East Surrey Hospital between 2006 and December 2013. The negligent consultant, who was charged with poor care of patients and was suspended, was later sacked after an internal investigation took place. A formal investigation into the poor care of patients treated by Mr Miller will now take place. Mr Miller commented, “I am extremely disappointed that the trust has decided to dismiss me. I strongly do not believe that this is justified. I welcome the opportunity to co-operate with any investigation into my practice.”

Complaints about the consultant were initially received last November, with affected patients left with a higher chance of their cancer returning. It is believed that most were not offered the full range of treatments available or told of the consequences of their choices, and it has been generally accepted that the level of care provided by Mr Miller fell below acceptable professional standards.

Claiming compensation for medical negligence

Medical negligence is a wide-reaching term which can cover a variety of different situations. Here are a few examples of what could constitute medical negligence:

  • Failure to diagnose patients or delayed diagnosis
  • Failure to provide treatment or a delay in treatment
  • Not informing patients of all the treatment options available or the consequences of treatments
  • Failing to obtain informed consent from a patient
  • Surgical errors
  • Errors made when prescribing medication
  • Failure to monitor a high-risk pregnancy

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you believe you have suffered due to medical negligence, you usually have a three year time limit in which to make a claim for medical negligence compensation.

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Contact Accident Advice Helpline today if you think you may have been a victim of medical negligence. Our experienced team has been helping people claim compensation since 2000, and we’ve dealt with hundreds of medical negligence claims, each one unique. We’re here to offer you advice in confidence, and there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim; it’s your decision and it needs to be the right next step for you to take. So whether you’ve been the victim of a surgical error or have been left terminally ill after a failed diagnosis, get in touch with us today; it’s free to call and we are open 24/7.

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