GP Negligence Claims
GPs have a duty of care towards you, sometimes things are missed or the care is substandard.
Other Medical Negligence
Medical negligence doesn't always have to happen in a hospital, clinic or doctor's practice.
Pressure sore claims
Pressure sores happen when a patient is left in one spot for too long. Healthcare providers have a duty to ensure pressure sores do not develop.
81% of trust are failing patient’s safety
England’s leading hospital inspector has warned that four out of five hospitals trusts are providing inadequate patient safety.
Diabetics warned trial drugs double the risk of amputation
A drug trial that is looking at protecting diabetics against heart and kidney disease has warned participants that they could double their risk of toe, foot or leg amputation.
It is believed that dozens of people across Europe have had amputations after volunteering for Canagliflozin trials.
Doctors avoid telling patients to lose weight
A survey by the GP magazine, Pulse, found that overweight patients take offence at being told to lose weight by their GP.
In a poll of 1,141 doctors, 32 per cent said overweight patients had not reacted well to their advice, despite the warnings of obesity.
Doctors cutting urgent appointments to 5 minutes to meet with demand
With some GPs seeing a demand of more than 100 patients a day, many are having to cut urgent appointment down to five minutes to cope with demand.
The 10-minute requirement for appointments was dropped by the government in April 2014, to allow GPs more control.
Doctors failing to spot dementia
People are being encouraged to see their doctor if they are suffering from memory problems, as an early sign of dementia, but GPs are not spotting dementia.
The campaign urging people to see their doctor with memory lapses saw a rise consultations but not in diagnoses.
Doctors warn that ten-minute appointments are dangerous
Senior doctors have warned that short GP appointments are failing patients as local surgeries take on more from hospitals.
Last year a study found that Britain had the shortest GP appointments in the developed world.
Four patients died because of staff failings
North Middlesex hospital has admitted that four patients died after errors made by staff in A&E and other departments. The Guardian have seen documents that show safety failings at the hospital since 2014, and that the A&E unit has been threatened with closure on safety grounds.
GP surgeries must open full time or face funding cuts
A deal agreed yesterday will see an extra £88 million funding given to GPs for evening and weekend appointments, however those who close for half a day a week will miss out.
GPs to start charging patients
A group of GPs are planning to charge patients for weekend and evening appointments, breaking the NHS rules.
GPs under pressure, tell patients to keep it to one illness per appointment
Patients with chronic diseases have been told they are only to raise one thing at each appointment and that they cannot ask to extend their appointment, even if they have multiple medical problems.
Legacy Claims In Medical Negligence
Dating back over 20 years, the cost of legacy medical negligence claims has risen to a five-year high. Last year, legacy claims rose to £27.7 million which was a 13% increase.
Lesbians often given the wrong advice for smear tests
Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) groups have said that women who have sex with women are often wrongly told they do not need a cervical screening test, otherwise known as a smear test.
National Archives reveals secret drugs trial on children
The BBC have uncovered files that show the Home Office gave the go-ahead for experimental drug trials on children at two approved schools in the 1960s. The two schools were Richmond Hill Approved School in North Yorkshire and Springhead Park Approved School in West Yorkshire.
The Press Associate carried out an investigate that revealed these mistakes had happened to 1,100 people since 2012, and include more than 400 people who have had the wrong part of their body operated on – known as wrong site surgery.
NHS blunders exposed by ITV
An ITV Tonight investigation has found that one preventable mistake is happening in the NHS in England and Wales every day.
The show, which aired this week, spoke to a woman who had wrongly been diagnosed with cancer and a father who died after a lump of gauze was left inside him.
NHS could be headed towards another scandal
The rift between the government and NHS bosses could lead to a repeat of the Mid Staffordshire hospital scandal.
Sir Robert Francis, QC, led the public inquiry into the Mid Staffordshire Trust’s failings, which saw the trust shut down.
NHS left 708,000 confidential patient letters undelivered
Thousands of test results and cancer screen letters sent between GPs and hospitals never made it to the patients.
Instead they have been stored in a warehouse for up to five years by private company NHS Shared Business Services.
NHS medical negligence claims hit £1.4bn
In just 8 years the cost of medical negligence claims has risen from £583m to more than £1.4bn. The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) handles the claims on behalf of the trusts. It says the rises are due to an increase in the number of claims and legal costs from claimants. The NHSLA told the BBC that it was trying to reduce the costs.
Nursing shortages is leaving patients to die suffering
The think tank, King’s Fund, have warned that people at the end of their life are being left for hours at a time without the pain relief they need, due to nursing shortages.
They looked at sexual health services, district nursing, planned hip operations and neonatal care, all areas which have been subjected to rationing of funds and where patient care has been affected.
Over half of Britons think the NHS is getting worse
Last month a survey found that the number of Britons who think the NHS is getting worse and are fearing for its future, is growing.
The polling company Ipsos Mori found that 57 per cent of people believe the NHS’s ability to deliver the care and services it provides has worsened over the last six months.
Patient left with dislocated jaw after operation
In 2010 Amanda Walker was admitted to hospital following a miscarriage of twins. During surgery she suffered a dislocated jaw. Her injuries were caused by a medical mask that was keeping her airway open at Harrogate and District NHS foundation Trust Hospital.
Private health companies pushing pointless medical examinations
GPs are under further pressure, due to paitents wanting to discuss the results from medical examinations they have paid for privately.
A survey of GPs carried out by the industry magazine for doctors, Pulse, found that GPs in middle class and affluent areas are having to reassure worried patients who have undergone unnecessary and sometimes bogus tests privately
Psychiatrist Suspended After Teenager Drowns
Failings in NHS care led to the death of a vulnerable teenager
Recent ruling could mean more claims for PTSD for family members of victims of Clinical Negligence
A High Court ruling following an instance of medical negligence at Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust will allow family members who witness traumatic scenes in hospital and go on to suffer PTSD to claim clinical negligence compensation.
Risks of statins exaggerated, says new review
Clinical Trial Service Unit at the University of Oxford looked at 10,000 patients taking an average of 40mg of statins a day, over a five-year period. Where possible they examined the evidence of any possible effects the medication was having on the patients.
Surgeon forgives NHS for father’s death
Surgeon and medical director, Andrew Welch, has forgiven another NHS hospital for a mistake that led to his father’s death
Tougher tests for foreign doctors could cut mistakes by half
A new study by the University of York looked at the competency and language test results of 27,000 foreign doctors, and found those who took the test multiple times were more likely to face fitness to practice sanctions.
Two patients die each day from starvation or thirst in hospitals and care homes
Figures from the Office of National Statistics have found that in 2015 856 people died from hunger and thirst, whilst in care.
The figures looked at those who died in care homes and hospitals. The Sun reported that malnutrition was mentioned on 297 death certifications and dehydration on 429, of those people who died in hospital.
Virtual GPs could be offering instant advice soon
NHS doctors and researchers at Essex University are working on an app that can deliver instant medical advice, a “virtual GP”.
Intended to help people with minor tummy complaints, colds and flu, it will be piloted in East Anglia.
Woman dies after a surgeon’s blunder
Surgeons inserted a heart valve upside down in 71-year-old great-grandmother which caused massive internal bleeding.
What should have been a routine operation at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne, caused irreversible damage to her heart.
Women dies because there was no bed for her
A coroner has heard that a woman died from a stroke due to a shortage of intensive care bed at three different hospitals.