In one of our recent posts, we discussed an egregious surgical error that occurred at Royal Liverpool Hospital in Merseyside. A patient was in hospital for a minor urological procedure, but a surgeon mistakenly performed a vasectomy. You can read more about the incident here.
They are called "never events" for good reason, and the list of them is long but nonetheless shocking when you consider their devastating effects. In the medical field, never events include but are not limited to the following:
If an alert has been placed in your medical file to let doctors know that you should not be prescribed certain medications, then you should be able to expect that doctors will heed the alert to protect your health. A doctor in Runcorn has admitted that he ignored such an alert, and the consequences were devastating.
There are certain protections that Londoners can rely upon if they are injured by a physician or medical professional. They can file clinical negligence lawsuits and consult professional negligence solicitors on how best to cover the extreme costs of a serious medical error. In the near future, however, there may be another option: sending a wilfully negligent doctor or nurse to jail.
A surgeon gave testimony that a 41-year-old woman may have survived had she been admitted to the Royal London Hospital sooner. According to a post-mortem, the Time Magazine associate editor died of multiple organ failure due to blood poisoning that was caused by an injection for haemorrhoids. Although the strain of bacteria could have been easily treated with antibiotics, the mother-of-one had consulted seven doctors who all made a fatal failure to diagnose before an eighth doctor had her referred to a hospital. Her husband, a journalist, has stated that her death was a direct result of the 'widening cracks" in the NHS; specifically, the disastrous transferal of out-of-hours care from GPs to out-of-hours clinics.