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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is right, families deserve honest answers when NHS care goes wrong

NHS Jeremy Hunt


By Amanda Stevens, Group Head of Legal Practice, Hudgell Solicitors

Like Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, our team of medical negligence specialists at Hudgell Solicitors have met far too many families of NHS patients who, in his words, ‘have faced a closed and defensive culture when they’ve tried to find out the truth about things that go wrong’.

Stating that the NHS needs to develop ‘a culture where we really are better at learning from mistakes”, Mr Hunt has hit the nail on the head.

How can anybody, in any walk of life, improve from mistakes when they fail to admit them in the first place?

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11/03/2016 No Comments

Never Events: The life-threatening, ‘wholly preventable’ NHS mistakes which happen more than 30 times a month

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They are called ‘Never Events’ in the medical profession, given the name because they are serious incidents and errors that the NHS accepts are ‘wholly preventable’ and therefore, should never happen.

However, a report today has highlighted how almost 1,200 such ‘unacceptable serious events’ have occurred in hospitals in England over the past four years.

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18/02/2016 No Comments

‘Wall of silence’ over hospital blunders demonstrates need for families to have access to full legal support

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By Simon Wilson, senior solicitor at Hudgell Solicitors

A report by the NHS Ombudsman has concluded that families in the UK are being met with a ‘wall of silence’ when seeking answers after a loved one has died or been harmed due to ‘serious errors.’

It states that in more than half of 150 cases reviewed following official complaints, the NHS failed to carry out an independent investigation, with medics instead asked to review the blunders of their colleagues.

One in five NHS investigations were found to have been missing crucial evidence, including medical records, statements or interviews. In 73 per cent of cases in which the Ombudsman found clear failings in care, hospitals themselves had found none.

It is a hardly a report to instil confidence in the ‘transparency’ of the NHS under the Duty of Candour pushed by health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

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09/12/2015 No Comments

Patient safety highlighted as a major concern at health providers across the UK

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A new report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – described as providing the fullest picture yet of the state of care across England – has highlighted many areas of concern.

The national ‘State of Care’ report has concluded that more than half of hospitals inspected require improvement – with 13 per cent considered ‘inadequate’ in terms of patient safety.

In all, the CQC found three-quarters of the 79 hospital trusts it inspected to have safety problems. More than 40 per cent of care and nursing homes and home care services and one in three GP services were also highlighted as having problems with safety.

As specialists in handling cases of medical negligence, much of our work at Hudgell Solicitors centres around investigating health providers who have failed simply in their duty of care. Avoidable errors are made, and these can have devastating, life-changing consequences for the patients involved.

These recent inspections, which were part of a new “tougher” regime headed by chief inspector of hospitals Professor Sir Mike Richards, considered how well health and care providers are protecting patients from abuse and harm.

Figures showing that more than one in every 10 hospitals failed to meet the expected safety standards, and that 937 warning notices were handed out to care home demanding urgent improvements, highlight that vast improvements need to be made.

This report was compiled by considering five factors. Inspectors looked for safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led establishments.

Staffing levels have of course been highlighted as a reason for standards dipping, but it is interesting to note that the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said it is cuts made to senior nursing roles which is having the biggest impact, having a negative effect on training and leadership skills.

Indeed, the RCN says there are 5,000 more nurses now registered than there was in 2014, and 7,000 more than in 2010, so to simply say there is not enough staff on wards appears to be something of a red herring.

Leadership and direction is clearly lacking, however.

Throughout the findings in this report, there is a clear link between quality of leadership and quality of services. All inadequate services had inadequate leadership (84 per cent) and 94 per cent of services rated good or outstanding had good or outstanding for leadership.

This suggests the failings are not on the wards or in theatres, where we find thousands of dedicated, talented and caring medical professionals and staff across the country, but in the leadership and direction from the top.

There is a clear need to tighten and improve policies, procedures and standards across the UK, as only by doing so will we see consistently high-quality services delivered.

It is for that reason that we believe we continue to play a crucial role in our work at Hudgell Solicitors in holding health trusts to account over poor care.

We represent the patients, and as today’s report has highlighted, there is still much work to be done to provide us all with standard of care we deserve.

 

 

 

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15/10/2015 No Comments

Relatives must raise concerns over health and care services to hold providers to account

Kath Lavery Hudgell SolicitorsBy Kath Lavery, non-executive chairman of Hudgell Solicitors

There are three things which have to consistently happen to ensure the standard of health and care services across our region, and the UK, continually improve.

Firstly, we must always listen to people and ensure an independent voice is heard over health care standards.

Patients and their loved ones are the people who experience services first hand. They know where health and care providers succeed, and they also know where they fall short.

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12/10/2015 No Comments

Making quality of life as good as it can be is the key focus of World Cerebral Palsy Day

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By Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp, head of clinical negligence at Hudgell Solicitors, London

When reflecting upon the impact I’ve had as a medical negligence solicitor representing a family or client in a case, I never judge my own performance or success on the amount of compensation I have secured.

Yes, the figures can sometimes make for headlines in newspapers, particularly when such payments reach six, or perhaps seven figures, but the true test of any settlement is the difference it makes to a client’s quality of life.

“Nottingham family win multi-million pound High Court payout for brain-damaged son” read the headline in a local newspaper when Hudgell Solicitors supported the family of George Muir.

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07/10/2015 No Comments

Concern for 170 patients of Birmingham prostate surgeon after allegedly diagnosing cancer wrongly

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By Simon Wilson, senior solicitor at Hudgell Solicitors

It seems quite inconceivable that a patient could wrongly be told they have a form of cancer by an experienced surgeon, and then undergo surgery to remove it, when in fact they didn’t have cancer at all.

Being told you have cancer is a life-changing moment for patients and their loved ones. In the moment patients are told, their life changes for ever.

It is perhaps for that reason that many doctors often find themselves facing criticism for not diagnosing cancer early enough.

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02/10/2015 No Comments

Relatives should check for signs of pressure sores on loved ones following rise of hospital cases

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Senior nurses at two East Yorkshire hospitals have been warned that a rise in cases of bedsores amongst patients is ‘unacceptable’ – and it certainly is so.

Five patients were found to have developed bed sores in Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham over the past month, it has been revealed.

Two of the patients reportedly developed bedsores when on surgical wards, two whilst in medical wards and one in clinical support, during the month of August.

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01/10/2015 No Comments

Holding medical profession to account over negligent care can lead to improved services for all

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By Lauren Dale, Clinical Negligence Solicitor at Hudgell Solicitors

In our work as medical negligence specialist solicitors, we strive to achieve two clear goals in each and every case we handle.

Firstly, we seek justice and compensation for those we represent.

Our clients turn to us at difficult times, and hope Hudgell Solicitors can help them find the answers to their questions and concerns – answers they would most likely never get without our legal expertise and support.

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03/09/2015 No Comments

Proposals to cap medical negligence costs for NHS will only prevent patients from receiving support and compensation they deserve

Medical negligenceHudgell Solicitors will be strongly opposing Department of Health (DoH) proposals to place a cap on legal costs involved in clinical negligence claims against NHS organisations.

Importantly, we will do so to not to protect our own earnings in such cases, but crucially to ensure patients across the UK continue to have the option of seeking compensation when they have been victims of sub-standard medical care.

As specialists in handling such claims, we see the devastating, life-changing impact medical negligence can have. When people suffer from sub-standard treatment, they need someone on their side to ask serious questions of those who have let them down.

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07/08/2015 No Comments

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