The Health Service Ombudsman report which investigates complaints has outlined how NHS failings put vulnerable patients at risk. Three of the examples in the report have shown just how devastating and shocking the failings were and one patient only survived his ordeal by forking out for private healthcare.
The man, who remains anonymous, was told he had cancer that was inoperable. NHS doctors only offered the man care to relieve his pain and related symptoms. However, the man asked for a second opinion to which he was told that asking for this was ‘pointless’ by hospital staff. As a result, the man arranged for a second opinion with a private hospital where further testing found that his cancer was operable.
The NHS refunded the cost of his treatment with the private hospital. In another case, a woman in her 80s died when doctors left her unattended for six hours after a fall to the floor. When the woman was finally given a scan and treatment for a fractured thigh bone it was too late and she sadly died two weeks later.
In another example of medical negligence, a baby was diagnosed with jaundice which required a blood transfusion. However, doctors took more blood than they replaced and made a series of mistakes which led to the baby suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest. This led to brain damage and the child will now need round-the-clock care for the rest of her life.
Medical negligence claims
NHS failings like these could be cause for a medical negligence claim due to the stress and suffering caused by the mistakes. If you have been misdiagnosed, suffered a delay in diagnosis or were not treated appropriately for your illness, you may be entitled to compensation for your ordeal. You may even have been given the wrong medication or suffered from botched surgery, both of which are grounds for a medical negligence claim. Get in-touch with Accident Advice Helpline to discuss your case.
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Date Published: November 13, 2014
Author: David Brown