By Chris Gooderidge, Senior Medical Negligence Lawyer at Neil Hudgell Solicitors.
It’s never good reading of yet more allegations of blunders at Wexham Park Hospital, Slough in Berkshire. As a lawyer, who lives in the Thames Valley and over the years has dealt with many claims for medical negligence against members of the hospital’s staff, I know at first hand the suffering and heartache endured by many patients.
The complaints we encounter are wide-ranging but clients past and present all have a common expectation: to be treated competently and with care by professionals. Instead, as revealed in this latest report by the InPractice medical consultancy, whose findings were announced by the Heatherwood and Wexham Park Trust and reported in the Daily Mail, 48 cases of “possible harm” to patients had not been properly investigated. In addition, according to the Mail, the hospital has announced checks on the death rates for its 70 surgeons. Read more
By Kath Lavery, former Chair of NHS Hull and now chair of Neil Hudgell Solicitors, personal injury and medical negligence specialists.
Dealing with the aftermath of what are termed “serious untoward incidents” – the wrong leg amputated, swabs left in patients during operations, tragic mistakes during childbirth – was thankfully a rare but nonetheless disturbing part of my role as Chair of NHS Hull for many years. We were always informed about what was being done to right the wrong: staffing changes or training, compensation being paid to patients. It was vital information needed to inform strategic decision making. Read more
By Simon Wilson, Senior Solicitor at Neil Hudgell Solicitors
With the UK’s elderly population soaring – a staggering 10 million people in the UK are over 65-years-old and latest projections are for 5½ million more elderly people in 20 years’ time (Source: www.parliament.uk) – families across the UK struggle to assess the most economical way of funding the care for their ageing relatives.
Most people in Britain today seriously underestimate how expensive care home fees are; and few are seeking advice on how to meet them, according to a recent survey by insurance company Partnership.
The survey found that most of the over-fifties thought care fees would be less than £30,000 a year; with a third saying they believed that the costs would be under £20,000. In reality, the average care home costs £36,000 a year, with many homes in the South costing close to £50,000. Read more
By Andy Petherbridge, legal expert in professional negligence claims
Whenever you go through the stress of buying a new house there are always a number of problems you may have to overcome – damp, mould, cracks in walls, badly fitting windows to name but a few.
All these usually become apparent after a detailed survey of the interior of the property.
But many surveyors often pay scant or even no regard to problems which may be outside in the garden. Read more
Blog by Andrew McGowan
Neil Hudgell Solicitors is backing a plea from the Law Society that personal injury victims who have suffered brain damage should seek the advice of a specialist personal injury solicitor.
According to the Law Society, vulnerable individuals who often have especially complex claims will greatly benefit from the legal expertise of a solicitor. In a recent press release, the Law Society quotes research from the Financial Services Authority which revealed that personal injury claimants who turned down an insurer’s initial offer and took legal advice from a solicitor received, on average, almost three times more compensation. The Law Society’s release goes on to say that pursuing a claim with a solicitor will mean you will get what you are genuinely entitled to. Read more
By Simon Wilson, senior solicitor and medical negligence at Neil Hudgell Solicitors.
I have just been informed of this news release from the South London Healthcare NHS Trust regarding patients of Mr Rod Irvine, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist.
The release, available here http://www.slh.nhs.uk/?section=news&article=208 advises patients of Mr Irvine, who may have concerns about their treatment, to call an information line: 0800 44 5272.
In addition, the South London Healthcare NHS Trust is also sending letters to around 2000 women who have had operations or other planned theatre procedures undertaken by Mr Irvine. Many of the procedures took place at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup as well as Bromley’s Princess Royal Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich and a number of private clinics. Read more
With recent scandals involving a lack of transparency we at Neil Hudgell Solicitors welcome the disclosure of NHS surgeons’ mortality rates.
It can only be right that patients undergoing surgery are able to access these details to ensure they are appraised of sufficient information to decide whether to proceed with surgery or not. Read more
There are a lot of headlines around at the moment involving the performance of care homes, hospitals, individual surgeons, the NHS itself and whether or not they are regulated properly. Unfortunately, behind all these headlines, are real people and families affected by treatment and care that has gone wrong.
Those people, will in all likelihood, find themselves in a situation that is distressing and unfamiliar to them and which puts them under a great deal of pressure perhaps from the health point of view and financially.
So what do you do if you find yourself in this situation? Read more
On 12th June the health secretary announced that the closure of the Leeds heart unit and two others in Leicester and London will be suspended after it become apparent that the initial consultation process which, began in 2008 was fundamentally flawed.
The process to improve children’s heart surgery began after a public enquiry into baby deaths following paediatric surgery.
The NHS decided to reduce the number of child heart surgery units from 10 to 7 and specialise in a smaller number of centres in order to raise standards. This decision was endorsed in the safe and sustainable review which concluded that the Leeds General Infirmary, the Glenfield Hospital in Leicester and the Royal Brompton Hospital should stop providing paediatric surgery. Read more
When you seek the help, support and guidance of an NHS professional, you rightly expect to be in a safe pair of hands – relying on professionalism, knowledge and expertise.
But sadly, human experience shows that all too often things can go wrong. This can be due to a whole range of individual scenarios – for example lack of training, lack of care, lack of services and facilities, lack of time or sometimes simply human error.
The impact of these can often be catastrophic and have severe implications.
If you find yourself in this situation you need support and advice to show you which way to turn – guiding you through the minefield of jargon, bureaucracy, red tape and often mountains and mountains of correspondence and paperwork.
So what exactly happens when an issue with NHS treatment leads to the need for you to complain? Read more