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NHS Redress Scheme

Fri, 11/27/2009 - 16:06 -- martinn

The Governments new initiative for helping victims of Health Service blunders

October 2005 - The Government have announced plans to introduce a new scheme aimed at assisting victims of medical negligence in claiming compensation.

The initiative has been devised to help reduce legal costs and make the process easier for genuine claimants by giving them the option to settle a complaint without recourse to litigation.

National Audit Office Report Nov 2005

Fri, 11/27/2009 - 15:21 -- martinn

The National Audit Office have recently submitted their findings following a survey into general standards of care across the NHS. Some rather frightening statistics were presented.

Official report on Health Service blunders
November 2005

About 980,000 patient safety "incidents" and near misses were reported in the NHS, the National Audit Office reported.

The numbers could be higher as it is suspected that many cases went unreported. The government said while the majority of mistakes were minor it was important the NHS learned from them.

Smoking age to be increased

Fri, 11/27/2009 - 12:35 -- martinn

The legal age limit for smoking is to be increased from 16 to 18.

Campaign groups and anti smoking lobbyists welcomed the governments announcement that the legal age for smoking will increase from the current 16 to 18 from October 2007.

For some observers the changes do not go far enough because unlike purchasing alcohol, it is not a criminal offence to buy cigarettes. There remains a considerable problem with the lack of control over vending machines.

Gynaecologist failed to obtain consent for operation

Fri, 11/27/2009 - 12:15 -- martinn

Senior consultant did not obtain permission to carry out a gynaecological operation that led to a woman being unable to have sex. 13th May 2007

A Gynaecologist who did not obtain consent from a woman for an operation which left her unable to have sex has not been struck off following an investigation by the General Medical Council (GMC).

They ruled that it had been an "exceptional" case that saw Essex-based Dr June Swinhoe fail in her practice. Marian Howland, 52, from Epping, had not been made aware of risks linked to her operation for a prolapse in 2003.

Eight year old wins 3 million from Trust following severe brain injury

Fri, 11/27/2009 - 09:22 -- martinn

St Georges Trust agrees to pay 3 million to youngster

An eight year old boy was left severely injured following a breach of duty by hospital carers and physicians. St Georges NHS Trust admitted liability and agreed to pay substantial damages following their medical negligence.

The child went into hospital because he was suffering with breathing difficulties but he had a cardiac arrest which was allegedly mismanaged by staff.

Medical Negligence News - click headline to read more

Thu, 11/26/2009 - 14:18 -- martinn

The Health Service is complacent and fatalistic about the physical needs of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities, according to an investigation by the Disability Rights Commission (DRC). Patients in this group are more likely to suffer from a range of illnesses and to die younger, yet they often receive worse care, it said.

The commission concluded that hundreds of thousands had poor access to treatments and information. Source - The Times & DRC. [19th September 2006]

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