Law Firm Says Patient Care Must Be Priority after UNISON Survey Suggests Job Cuts Affect Care in Hospitals

Mercury Legal Online say patient care must be number one priority for health boards as survey by UNISON indicates thousands of the union’s members think NHS job cuts have impacted on hospital care and safety. (i)

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Head of Medical Negligence

Chris Woods

(PRWEB UK) 27 December 2013

Personal Injury Solicitors Mercury Legal Online say patient care needs to be the top priority for health boards as a survey by UNISON suggests that over half of UNISON union members believe NHS job cuts have affected hospital care and patient safety. (i)

UNISON represents nearly half a million health sector workers in the UK and surveyed nurses, midwives, paramedics and technical and social care staff for the poll. Those surveyed worked predominantly in hospitals.(i)

55 per cent said in the survey that they thought the cuts had “significantly impacted on patient care and safety.”(ii)

Chris Woods, Medical Negligence Solicitor at Mercury Legal Online, said: “It is very concerning that so many of the nurses, midwives, paramedics and technical and social care staff surveyed in this poll believe that job cuts in the NHS have “significantly impacted” on the care provided by hospitals.(ii)

“As winter draws in, hospitals will likely become busier and job cuts only put more pressure on staff.

“Patient safety must be the top priority at all times to avoid cases of medical negligence in hospitals and health boards must work to make sure that every aspect of care is to the highest standard it can be.”

Mercury Legal Online is a group of personal injury solicitors who specialise in providing legal representation for victims of medical negligence.

ENDS

Sources
(i) UNISON, New UNISON survey shows job cuts in NHS put patients at risk, 10th December 2013: http://www.unison.org.uk/news/new-unison-survey-shows-jobs-cuts-in-nhs-put-patients-at-risk

(ii) The Independent, NHS job cuts harming patient care and safety, say staff, 10th December 2013: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/nhs-job-cuts-harming-patient-care-and-safety-say-staff-8994034.html

About Mercury Legal Online:
Mercury Legal Online is a trusted group of personal injury solicitors in the UK. Mercury Legal Online is administered and run by Gallium Legal LLP who is regulated by the Ministry of Justice. The firm specialises in clinical negligence compensation.

About Chris Woods:
Chris Woods is a Solicitor specialising in Medical and Clinical Negligence claims. Chris has settled claims relating to negligent doctors and hospital errors and has also featured in the Daily Mail Online, The Mirror and The Post for recent issues and concerns around sunbed regulation.


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