On January 16th 2018 there was an article published online by the Northamptonshire Telegraph entitled “Medical ‘blunders’ by KGH result in pay outs totalling almost £28m.” Louise Tyler Head of our Clinical Negligence Team (often referred to as Medical Negligence) has given her thoughts and comments in response to the article.
“Whilst Kettering General may state “We monitor safety incidents of every kind and scrutinise any trends at board level,” I am sceptical as to what learning they take from these incidents, and what steps they do then take to implement change: this would, if in place, ensure a robust process of continuous improvement and best practice not just locally but nationally, as knowledge could be shared.
Sadly we see similar claims involving the same departments and same clinician and have done for many years which would indicate the Trust have taken no action. The legal costs of these cases are increased by the Trust and its legal representatives delay in making an admission. Often the hospital will have carried out an internal investigation, admitted fault in their report then when the injured party instructs a solicitor rather than just work together, the hospital denies liability – so we have to enter into long protracted litigation.
Specialist medical injury lawyers welcome change but only if it improves patient safety and access to justice. The majority of people who bring a claim against the hospital do it because they don’t want it to happen to anyone else. Patients are entitled to expect a reasonable level of care and when that care falls short to be able to make a claim.
Kettering Hospital and all hospitals across the country must do more to implement a national system where incidents are reported and acted upon.
Wilson Browne has one of the largest Medical Negligence teams in the East Midlands. We have many years’ experience with Partners on both the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel and the AvMA (Action Against Medical Accidents) Panel as well as the practical experience to guide you through the often difficult process of making a claim.
Call us today on 0800 088 6004 to see how we can help you.
Read the whole article from the Northamptonshire Telegraph