An interview with a leading eye surgeon in the UK has revealed his opinion about patient litigation, something that is becoming increasingly common in the UK as it has already in the US. According to Allon Barsam, who is contributing to a parliamentary review of healthcare in the UK, potentially-litigious patients ensure that doctors and surgeons remain at the cutting edge of healthcare.
He stated that patients know far more than they did in the past. The internet has certainly led to some of this sea-change, but nowadays people are far more likely to research a particular condition before they ever see a doctor or surgeon, or another healthcare provider.
This means the medical professional must be able to exhibit extensive knowledge in their speciality, so as to be fully aware of the latest options and treatments available.
Mr Barsam also stated that he believes patients have a right to consider suing for compensation if there have been gaps in the quality of care they should have received. Clearly Mr Barsam has exceptionally high standards and indeed he has treated thousands of people over the years, including famous people.
Is patient litigation a good thing?
According to Mr Barsam it certainly is. It is also right and proper that patients do have some element for potential recourse if the need should arise. The fact remains that the vast majority of people do not have cause to claim compensation and do not even consider doing so.
However in the rare cases where things can potentially go wrong, it is important that the patient feels there is a route to go down. It is heartening to hear the support of a leading surgeon in his field who clearly puts a lot of thought into improving his skills and service every single day.
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Source: Allon Barsam
Date Published: November 19, 2014
Author: David Brown