An official report released by the Health Service Ombudsman has revealed a variety of NHS blunders that have failed people of all ages. Dame Julie Mellor looked into the details of 126 separate investigations into complaints made against the NHS.
She highlighted the existence of basic mistakes as well as a perceived lack of care offered by those in the service. She also highlighted the number of people who had been discharged from hospital too soon, when doing so had put them in potential danger.
Among the cases reviewed included several involving elderly patients. One man was sent home even though he was suffering from internal bleeding. He later died. Another pensioner was refused admission by a hospital even though they were suffering from a case of gangrene. A third case involved an 84-year-old woman who was discharged with a catheter still in place and no medication. She was said to be confused and yet there was no one at home to assist her.
Dame Julie Mellor covered dozens of cases in her report and highlighted areas in which people had not received the proper care or treatment.
Are NHS blunders common?
As the report above has indicated, they do occur. Yet even one case is one too many. If you are affected by a blunder of some description you could find it has a profound effect on your life. You may potentially be in danger if you are told you can go home before you are ready to do so. While these cases are rare in the context of the sheer number of people who use the NHS every day, there are still potential situations in which they may arise. The more that can be done to rectify this, the better.
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Date Published: November 19, 2014
Author: David Brown