Back in 2009, the Telegraph reported that as many as one in six patients in the UK are misdiagnosed. This year, the number of claims for malpractice in the UK has rose by 20%, which in itself is up 80% from 2008. The NHS bill for personal injury compensation is now as much as £19 billion, which amounts to a fifth of the total NHS budget. So why is it that misdiagnoses are so common, and getting even more common by the year?
Is the quality of NHS healthcare declining?
In June this year, Margaret Hodge, chairman of the Commons public accounts committee, admitted that the increase in claims certainly reflected ‘problems with the quality of healthcare.’ It is most likely, however, that the quality of healthcare itself has not changed, but that patients’ attitude to negligence certainly has. While in the past many patients would simply accept appalling levels of care, people nowadays are far more aware of what they do and do not have to accept.
The NHS has now brought in an expert, Dr Don Berwick, to try to instil a ‘zero-harm culture’ into the organisation and reduce the occurrence of negligence.
How to claim for medical negligence
If you received an incorrect diagnosis that you feel was due to medical negligence, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. To discuss your particular case in detail, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline.
Proving medical negligence can sometimes be difficult as it involves three conditions; firstly that there has been negligence, secondly that this negligence was the direct cause of the injury, and thirdly that pain and suffering has been caused which warrant compensation. Our advisers will be able to tell you whether or not this could be the case in your situation, and how much compensation you could potentially receive.
If you choose to go ahead with a claim, this can usually be done over the telephone on a no win, no fee basis. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation. We are proud to be endorsed by TV personality and consumer champion Esther Rantzen, who has personally investigated and approved our methods. For more information about personal injury compensation or medical negligence call our helpline today on 0800 689 0500.