A surgeon who mistakenly performed a vasectomy on a patient has been sacked from his position at Broadgreen Hospital in Liverpool. The man has since undergone a procedure to reverse the vasectomy but he has been informed that it failed. This could mean that the man may never be able to conceive naturally as a result of the initial surgical error.
The hospital’s urology department has admitted that this error was one of five mistakes made by surgeons in the last year and health chiefs have stated that the vasectomy incident was a ‘never event’; meaning medical mistakes that should never occur. The hospital has apologised profusely for the incident, which occurred when the man was scheduled for a minor operation. It has been suggested that the man could be entitled to compensation from the NHS should he be infertile as a result of the mistaken surgery. Another three incidents in the urology department are described as being serious and investigations are under way to determine how they happened.
The medical director at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust has stated that the hospitals are looking at how to make improvements and take appropriate action where required. The serious incidents have also been reported to the relevant bodies for investigation.
Surgical mistakes and compensation
Vasectomy errors like this one are a case for clinical negligence and any victim of this may be able to claim compensation if they are unable to conceive. Botched surgical procedures or mistakes with surgery can have serious consequences to the patient and can result in otherwise unnecessary lifestyle changes. Wrongful surgery or botched surgery may also cause an illness or it may cause an illness to worsen. If you have undergone a procedure that has gone wrong or you have undergone the wrong procedure, you may be able to claim for compensation where there is evidence of clinical negligence.
Clinical negligence compensation
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