New Study Finds Poor Hospital Treatment Kills Thousands of Patients a Month

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Neil Hudgell solicitors respond to a BMJ study which found almost 12,000 patients are needlessly killed in NHS hospitals every year due to basic errors on behalf of medical staff.

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has concluded negligent medical staff have committed a substantial number of errors in more than one in ten cases in which a patient died.

In their new study on the quality and safety of hospital treatment and care the BMI found that almost 12,000 patents were needlessly killed in NHS hospitals each year as a result of basic errors by medical staff rather than active mistakes, including misdiagnosis or handing out the wrong drugs.

In certain cases staff also failed to adequately monitor their patients – such as failing to check their blood pressure or respond promptly when their condition deteriorated. In all, the study by BMI found that something went wrong with the care of 13 per cent of patients in hospitals.

The study was based on an analysis of 1,000 deaths at ten NHS trusts during 2009. It found that most of the patients who died were elderly with many suffering from multiple conditions, although some were in their 30s and 40s.

Neil Hudgell Solicitors, a leading legal firm in the UK, believe more needs to be done from medical staff to ensure the number of fatalities is lowered.

Stuart Hanley, Solicitor at Neil Hudgell stated on behalf of the company, “We feel patients have a right to expect the upmost care from the NHS.

“As a firm which deals with a large number of clinical negligence cases, we find any preventable death in hospital is unacceptable and we expect the NHS to provide high-quality, safe and effective treatment for patients. Hopefully these latest statistics from BMI and The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine studies can help hospitals in England and Wales improve their services and reduce the number of fatalities.

“In most fatal cases our clients aim when instructing us is to ensure that lessons are learned and hopefully prevent any future deaths in similar circumstances.”

Dr Helen Hogan who led the study has suggested that more supervision by senior consultants is required to ensure junior doctors carry out proper assessments after it was found the number of death rates in NHS increased with young, inexperienced staff on the ward.

From next year it will be compulsory for all junior doctors to shadow a senior colleague for at least four days under new rules to be introduced to the health service.

Neil Hudgell Solicitors are a specialist legal firm who deal with clinical and medical negligence claims. For more information and free professional advice visit or call 0808 256 2448.

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