“Barack Obama’s Former Health Advisor Claims NHS Could be the World's Safest Healthcare Service,” Asons Solicitors Comment.

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According to a new report by Barack Obama's former health advisor, patient safety is to become a top priority for the NHS. Plans are being discussed to establish UK hospitals as “the safest in the world,” which in turn should lower the prevalence of medical negligence claims.

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In any organisation, mistakes will happen and problems will arise, but we shouldn't accept harm to patients as inevitable.

According to a new report, patient safety is to become a top priority for the NHS, with changes focused on creating a new culture of openness and transparency (1). Plans are being discussed to establish UK hospitals as “the safest in the world,” which in turn should lower the prevalence of medical negligence claims.

Collated by Professor Don Berwick, US President Barack Obama’s former health advisor, the report identifies problems which exist “throughout” the system (1). Despite these problems, he maintained that the NHS can still be considered to be an “International Gem” with the service ranked among the safest systems in the world.

According to the BBC, Professor Berwick has asserted that all staff should be given strong support and training, ensuring that they take pride and joy in their work; he also stated, that for improvements to become established, true co-operation needs to be exist between regulators and management bodies. If both of these ideas come to fruition, Professor Berwick believes that the NHS is capable of substantial improvement -

"In any organisation, mistakes will happen and problems will arise, but we shouldn't accept harm to patients as inevitable.

"By introducing an even more transparent culture, one where mistakes are learnt from, where the wonderful staff of the NHS are supported to learn and grow, the NHS will see real and lasting change."

Referring to cases of Medical Negligence, Prof Perwick advocated criminal sanctions in extreme cases, including those where patients had been harmed, either by the individual or the organisation, because of “Willful or reckless neglect.”

Speaking on the report, Asons Executive, Laura Williams –

“Professor Berwick confirms the issues brought to light by the mid staff and Keogh reports, highlighting the problems caused by inadequate staff ratios. It is clear that safety measures and improvements need to be put in place, ensuring that instances of medical negligence become few and far between.

"For example where surgical errors are concerned, complications can be exacerbated by poor patient care. Misdiagnosis claims are often the product of staff being over-worked and under-pressure, Professor Berwicks recommendations could alleviate these issues.”

In the event that you consider yourself to have been subject to a 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 as a result of medical negligence then you may be able to make a medical claim for compensation. 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

-Sources –
(1) BBC News, “Patient safety 'must be top priority in NHS” (06/08/2013)
bbc.co.uk/news/health-23572696

About Asons Solicitors:

Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.

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