There are between two and three hundred cases where medical negligence may have contributed to the deaths of patients.
(PRWEB UK) 19 June 2013
Following the publication of the Francis report, this week has seen the launch of a police inquiry investigating the deaths brought to light by the Mid Staffs Hospital Scandal (1). There are between two and three hundred cases where medical negligence may have contributed to the deaths of patients, with a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding the fatalities taking place.
As reported in the Guardian, the Francis report outlined the ‘Appalling and unnecessary suffering of hundreds of people’ who were patients within the hospital (1). The responses to the survey were shocking, revealing that incontinent patients were left lying in their own urine and excrement, patients were not provided with anything to eat and that the same cloths were being used to clean ward surfaces as toilets (2).
Chair of the review, Assistant Chief Constable Nick Baker, made the following statement (1)–
“Between 2005-2009 there were 4,253 deaths at Stafford hospital. However, we've identified between 200 and 300 cases where alleged neglect may have contributed to a patient's death and they are being thoroughly reviewed.
Due to the complex nature of our case-by-case review, at this stage we cannot be clear about timescales but we do anticipate that this will take many months."
As stated in a press release from the mid Staffordshire Inquiry, chairman Robert Francis QC, conclusions were drawn that patients were routinely neglected by the hospital trust (2). This has been attributed to priorities being based on cost cutting, targets and processes; instead of emphasis being placed on what should be their fundamental responsibility, to ensure the provision of safe care.
Commenting on the Guardian article, Asons Executive Laura Williams –
“The launch of a police inquiry was inevitable. The Francis report brought to light gross inadequacies in patient care, outlining the range of ways in which treatment became negligent within the hospital.
While the Francis report outlined that care was compromised by staff shortages, concerns were also raised by nurses who demonstrated a disturbing lack of compassion towards their patients. With the prevalence of medical negligence and hospital acquired infections so high, it is clear there are lessons to be learnt.”
In the event that you consider yourself to have been subject to medical negligence, you must seek legal advice as quickly as possible. Taking action can prevent the same situation from reoccurring, helping others to avoid injury in future.
If you, or someone you know, have suffered, then you may be able to make a personal injury claim. Asons Solicitors deal with medical negligence claims on a regular basis, you can contact them on: 0844 850 1062 or you can fill out their claim form at http://www.asons.co.uk
(1) ‘Police Launch Inquiry Into Hundreds of Stafford Hospital Deaths’ 10/06/2013, guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jun/10/mid-staffordshire-trust-police-inquiry
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