Looking At Medical Negligence

Looking At Medical Negligence

We have all had to see our GP or undergo surgery at some point in our lives.  Whilst for many of us the NHS do a great job and have us back on our feet.  But sometimes things do go wrong,

The NHS is the second biggest healthcare provider in the world, with approximately 1.2 million employees who are dedicated to their job and following their core principles

  • That it meets everyones needs
  • It is a free service
  • Based on clinical need and not on ability to pay

Sometimes, clinical negligence does happen, and if you are unlucky to experience this what can you do.

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Clinical Negligence

In order to sue the NHS for negligence, you must prove that the NHS healthcare professionals were at fault. You also need to prove that this fault has caused you harm personally that you would not otherwise have experienced.

Clinical negligence occurs when the care or treatment that you experience falls beow the reasonable professional stands you should expect. This can be experienced in a number of ways

  • During surgery
  • The result of a delayed or incorrect diagnosis

You can also claim clinical negligence if you are the next of kin to someone who has died due to negligent care, or someone who can not represent themselves.

Medical Professionals

We put our trust into medical professionals to carry out a reasonable degree of skill and care, and because they are professionals they represent themelves as having above average skills.

Medical professionals have a duty of care towards their patients.  As a claimant you have to prove clinical negligence, which have two elements involved

  • You must prove that the doctor or other healthcare professional has broken their duty of care owed to you
  • You must prove that any resulting injuries you have suffered would not have occured otherwise.

You do need proof of this, as saying the treatment did not work is not a cause for negligence.

I did have a case

I have unfortunately been in a position where we could have sued the NHS following my Daughter being ill last year.  We had a private consultants diagnosis, I had private MRI scan report and we had to sit in A&E for over 7 hours.  All the time I was watching children coming in and out.  When I asked how much longer I was rudely spoken too and told these cases were more important.

When, we finally saw the doctor after waiting 7 hours, he told us to go home she is fine and take paracetamol.  This was a Monday, on the Thursday evening her temperature was getting higher and spiked by Friday morning.  I spoke to 111, who told me they were sending a fax to our GP to get instant admission and probable surgery for my daughter.

We arrived at hospital and waited 5 hours, again seeing kids go in and out and it was not very busy.  I kept asking how much longer and kept being told these cases were more important.  I finally went on Twitter and had a moan, literally within 10 minutes the manager of the department was there and within 5 minutes we were being seen.

My daughter ended up on a drip straight away and admitted to hospital for a week as her organs were suffering.

I did complain and I ended up speaking to Matron from A&E who was very apologetic, and asked how I wanted to move forward.  I told her I understand the department gets busy, but on both of these visits it was not busy.  I also explained that not once had anyone checked to see if she was ok.

I also complained about the staff who on one ocassion of going to the desk I waited 7 minutes for them to stop discussing birthday cakes an shopping before speaking to me.

There are times when you do not get the care you need, and this was one of them.  I was just too tired and battered to go any further.  My daughter is still suffering as a result.

If you feel you have experienced medical negligence then fight, if you are in A&E and feel you are being ignored or pushed back for no reason then shout about it.  Sometimes this is what we have to do.

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9 comments

  1. Yes !will be persuing once dad starts to get stronger ! 2 hospitals both already accepted gross negligence – just because hes old doesnt mean he’s not entitled to the best ! 3 weeks of hell here but thankfully dad IS still with us

    1. I am so sorry you and your Dad has been through this, we put our trust in our medical services, I am so glad your Dad is now getting stronger and good luck at putting in your complaint

  2. How unfortunate and I hope that your daughter isn’t too bad. We did suffer a similar experience after being referred by our GP and ended up writing a complaint, but they just denied everything.

    1. It is terrible that you suffer in the hands of professionals, I did take ours to our MP as I did experience another child being treated horribly and really wanted to ensure it did not happen again. I am sorry you suffered similar but it was apparent my daughter was ill and I dread to think what would have happened had we just been fobbed off again

  3. What an awful time! I’m wondering whether there is more than negligence going on with the unprofessional attitude of some of the staff as well. Having retired from the NHS, after many years, it sounds like there was a very low staff morale and a don’t care attitude. Usually these things don’t happen over night but build up over time as staff feel ignored and undervalued.

    1. It was awful and not something I want to go through again, I had a lovely phone call with the Matron where we talked it all through and she asked what I wanted her to do. I said she needs to talk to the staff and highlight the situation, I didn’t want to get anyone in trouble but it needed to be addressed, especially dealing with parents of sick children

  4. God that is so awful, I really hate it when the receptionist is chatting with her colleague not making eye contact with you especially in a situation like that. I hope your daughter recovers properly soon.

    1. Believe me she knew I was not happy, this was a year ago now and thankfully she was a lot better after having the strongest antibiotics in hospital. She is still suffering her chronic illness sadly. I did go further through PALS and our MP as it was just not us I witnessed but another child as well and it had to be addressed.

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