At least 35 NHS patients have undergone surgery in the wrong part of their body new information has shown. The operation mistakes were released through the Freedom of Information Act and show that NHS Scotland has paid out £186 million in compensation to patients over the last five years. One patient underwent surgery where the right side of the head was shaved, an incision was carried out and a small dissection was made. The surgery was supposed to be carried out on the left side of the head. On other occasions, patients have had needles inserted into the wrong side of the chest and others have had injections to the wrong muscles in the eye. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde admitted that surgeons have operated on the wrong area of the body on 12 separate occasions. NHS Tayside admitted 20 incidents of wrong treatment or surgery and NHS Lanarkshire admitted two such incidents. However, the Scottish Government state that they have seen a 23% reduction in surgical mortality over the last six years and are continuously working to improve these figures.
Compensation for botched surgery
Operation mistakes made by a surgeon who is overworked and tired can lead to disastrous consequences for the patient. In many of the cases mentioned, patients had operations in the wrong area of the body which means that the problematic area was left untreated. It also means that patients could suffer unnecessary complications as a result of negligence. Health and safety should be a top priority meaning that the hours a surgeon works should be monitored and surgeons should always follow protocol when going ahead with a procedure. If you have been the victim of a botched surgical procedure, you have the right to claim compensation where there is evidence of negligence.
How to make you claim
You have the right to compensation if there is evidence that a medical professional was negligent and you suffered an injury or illness as a result. Accident Advice Helpline can help you to present evidence to support your case for compensation and can make the process of claiming go more smoothly. Our helpline is free to call and is available 24/7. We also offer no-obligation advice in the first instance and our no win, no fee* policy means that you will stay financially stable during your case. Call to speak to one of our experts regarding your medical negligence claim today.
Source: Daily Record
Date Published: August 9, 2014
Author: David Brown