Yesterday’s MailOnline featured Julie O’Connor and her family describing failings in care and delays in diagnosis which led to her untimely death at the age of 49 from cervical cancer. In her latest blog, Bridget Hughes, Senior Associate, Clinical Negligence discusses the link between poor care and systemic failure.
The article in yesterday’s Times “when it comes to NHS negligence, prevention is better than cure – the NHS has a new strategy for tackling claims” is good news. Claimant lawyers will be able to argue with force that the “compensation culture” really is a myth given that the statistics show that formal litigation for medical negligence cases fell in the past year.
The account from Nicki Lyon in the Times earlier this month, in the article entitled “Baby deaths: “We were told it was just one of those things” is devastating to read however, to medical negligence specialists whose job it is to hold the healthcare providers to account and secure damages to assist with the future care of birth injured children, it is an all too familiar story.
Last week the Medical Defence Union (MDU) unveiled a 6-point reform plan to save the NHS from spiralling medical negligence claims. This trend has nothing to do with deteriorating clinical standards and everything to do with recent legal market developments the MDU believes.
My son is age 4 and is allergic to peanuts. He has an EpiPen. The EpiPen is a medical device which is used to inject a dose of epinephrine to treat him in case he goes into anaphylactic shock. I keep an EpiPen at home and one is in his bag. I never have more than two at a time even though, as a parent, I’d like to have one in the car, in my handbag, in his sports bag.... This would be for all those ‘just in case’ thoughts that creep into your mind, especially when reading the tragic story about Natasha Edelman-Laperouse who sadly passed away after suffering an allergic reaction on a flight, and even though her father had administered two EpiPens.