Addenbrooke’s Hospital has stepped forward in support of the latest development from the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO). The Ombudsman has decided that summaries of cases they look into will be published on their official website. The outcomes of four individual investigations were published on their site in the middle of August, and were the first of their kind to be published in this manner.
The investigations involved Cambridge University Hospitals among other Cambridgeshire-based organisations. Cambridge University Hospitals is responsible for running Addenbrooke’s Hospital among others in the area. The CUH released a statement supporting the move by PHSO and stating that it would lead to ‘greater transparency’ in the medical field.
Among the medical investigations that were summarised on the website in the first wave of published cases was one that involved a patient with advanced bladder cancer, and another that focused on the poor treatment of a man with a lump that was found to be cancerous. As time goes on we can expect more medical investigations to be published on the site in summary form, without any identifying details of the individuals concerned. This is good news for the medical profession and indeed for anyone who is thinking of pursuing an investigation of this nature.
What could the result of an investigation be?
Medical investigations take place after an incident a patient or the patient’s family feels should be looked into. For example, there may be a misdiagnosis, inadequate treatment or the wrong treatment entirely, or even a delay in receiving treatment. The investigation aims to find the facts of the situation and therefore reach a conclusion reporting on this. If an investigation finds failures on the part of medical staff it can lead to compensation claims being put forward to compensate those who were poorly treated.
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