A report has shown that one in five hospitals in the UK is not being honest about the safety risks to their patients. In a groundbreaking move, the NHS will now be monitored for performance in terms of infection rates and levels of staff as well as in many other areas in order to improve the safety of the organisation as a whole. Patients will now be able to see how hospitals fare in terms of safety and hospitals will be required to disclose all information including reporting and logging of safety incidents. Hospitals which record extremely low numbers of incidents will reportedly fare worse as this could be seen as an attempt to cover up safety incidents rather than reporting on them and revising risk assessments. In the new report, the figures show that 20.6% of hospitals were rated poor for honesty, 17.7% were rated good and 61.7% were rated okay. The hospitals rated poor were not accused of covering up incidents but were advised that a more honest culture was needed to improve the rate of reports on safety incidents. Medical errors cost the NHS almost £800 million every year and 12,000 deaths could be avoided. In addition, negligence payouts cost the NHS millions every year.
How errors can become negligence
Hospital errors can result in serious medical negligence if they involve patient safety and health. If an illness is misdiagnosed or a patient has not been treated correctly for a medical condition, the consequences could be disastrous but can be avoided with better practice. Medical negligence can be due to a failure to diagnose an illness, improper after-care, botched surgery or because of an infection caught while being treated. If you or a loved one has suffered an illness or complications due to medical negligence, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Should you have suffered an unnecessary death in the family due to medical malpractice, then Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making a compensation claim.
How to begin your medical negligence claim
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that has been in business since the year 2000 so we have helped a number of victims of medical negligence to claim compensation. If you have suffered from an illness that could have been prevented and you have evidence of negligence then we can help you with your claim. Call our free 24-hour helpline to speak to one of our solicitors or take our 30-second test online to determine how successful your claim is likely to be.
Source: The Telegraph
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown