A story by the Telegraph published on Sunday reveals that, according to the Care Quality Commission (CQC), 26 NHS Healthcare Providers do not have enough staff ‘to keep people safe and meet their health and welfare needs’, which is the required standard of care for all parts of the health service.
The list of Healthcare Providers, situated throughout England, was compiled from the latest CQC inspections carried out as recently as November; it was obtained and made public by the Labour party.
A tragic death linked to the law on abortion in Eire was reported by the media this week. Praveen Halappanavar says that his wife, 31-year-old Savita Halappanavar, died a painful death in University Hospital Galway after being ‘refused’ an abortion during the miscarriage she was suffering.
According to the Daily Mail, the husband was told by hospital staff that Ireland is a ‘Catholic country’ and birth cannot be induced while there is still a foetal heart-beat, even though his wife was in difficulties.
Ministers announced yesterday that the NHS Constitution, first established by the Health Act in 2009, is to be the subject of wide-ranging reform. One aim of the exercise is to ensure that the wishes of patients and their relatives are given due attention regarding end-of-life care and management.
Channel 4 News reports that Health Minister, Norman Lamb, on the announcement of a consultation on the matter, said the Government was committed to protecting the founding principles of the NHS. He stated: “We are protecting its budget; we are strengthening this constitution, which enshrines the right of everyone to have first class care, now and in the future.”
Last week, the Daily Mail reports, a 21-year-old Scottish woman, Katie Stephen, won a ruling that her deafness in one ear was due to an adverse reaction to the triple MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine, which she was given at the age of 15 months.
She had alleged the adverse reaction was similar to the brain disease encephalitis.
Kate Woodward, 20, grew to 1.96 metres after St James University Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary failed to diagnose a tumour on her pituitary gland, according to the BBC.
The tumour went untreated between October 2001 and September 2005 and caused excessive growth, bone abnormality and psychological problems for Ms Woodward.
An inquest has heard how Kane Gorny, 22, became troubled after he was deprived of the medication he required to retain fluids, according to The Telegraph.
The Coroner, Shirley Radcliffe, blamed medical and nursing staff at St George’s Hospital in Tooting for letting him down.
Several news organisations, including The Independent, have reported on an Associated Press article which states the NHS paid out £1.2 billion in legal costs and compensation between 2011 and 2012.
The figures are shown in the recently released NHS Litigation Authority’s (NHS LA) annual accounts, and are up from £863 million in the previous year.
The increased use of no-win, no-fee solicitors has meant that a growing number of NHS patients have brought medical negligence claims against medical practitioners. The increase has been so sharp that the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, has decided to give the NHS Litigation Authority access to significantly more financial resources in order for it to be able to pay out compensation.
According to the Times, “In the past five years the number of claims for clinical negligence have risen from 5,697 to 8,655 a year”. NHS managers and the Ministry of Justice attributes this trend to the increased use of no-win, no-fee solicitors and the fact that many patients are encouraged to sue for medical negligence. (more…)
A 63-year-old former paramedic is seeking personal injury compensation after an NHS surgeon accidentally removed the wrong part of his brain during a tumour biopsy operation.
John Tunney had the operation after a tumour in his pituitary gland was discovered by a scan. However, the surgeon at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry, removed healthy tissue instead of the tumour, leaving Mr Tunney partially sighted and in constant need of care. (more…)
A woman from Godstone, Surrey, has been awarded £6m in personal injury compensation after a facelift in 2003 left her with permanent nerve damage and caused her business to collapse.
Penny Johnstone sued plastic surgeon Mr Le Roux Fourie for carrying out an “experimental surgery” that left her face “constantly contracting”. (more…)