Routine cataract operations carried out by private provider Vanguard Healthcare in May 2014 have left dozens of people suffering from pain, discomfort and blurred vision. Half of the 60 patients who had the surgery were left with complications – one 84 year-old man lost his sight and his family are demanding an independent inquiry.
Vanguard Healthcare were contracted to reduce a backlog of patients at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. But their contract was terminated after four days when 30 patients reported complications from surgery. Some have already contacted lawyers to discuss claiming compensation.
Dr Colin Close, medical director at the hospital, was quoted as saying, “Any financial responsibility would rest with us,” but the hospital now claim he was misquoted – they refuse to discuss who will pick up the bill for compensation for the botched eye operations.
The Chief of Vanguard Healthcare commented, “Patient care is our number one priority and we’re working closely with the trust to understand and fully investigate the root causes of any complications.” The hospital fully expects the number of patients seeking compensation for their injuries to rise in the coming months, but it remains unclear who will foot the bill for the costs.
Claiming compensation for surgical errors
Surgery is a wonder of the modern age – for many, it saves their lives or allows them to enjoy a better quality of life. Yet surgery can and does have the potential to go wrong – when it does, you may be able to claim compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings. We have all read the horror stories about swabs and surgical tools being left inside patients, or about the wrong organs being removed. If something like this has happened to you, don’t suffer in silence.
Who pays the bill?
If you have been left ill or injured after surgery in hospital, it is normally the NHS trust that owns the hospital that will pay your compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today and we will be able to discuss your situation in more detail, to determine if medical negligence has occurred. We are proud to be recommended by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen, and accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. What’s more, we don’t charge any upfront fees; all our lawyers work on a 100% ‘no win, no fee’* basis. Contact us today free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to see how we can help you with your claim for medical negligence compensation.
Source: The Guardian
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown