In the recently reported case of JD V Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Ms JD, a 42-year-old woman was awarded £45,000 after she suffered damage to her ureter during a hysterectomy in November 2017.
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.
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.
Her temperature was not coming down, and for the past 3 days, it was an average of 39°C. The usual quick fix of Calpol, water and rest was just not working, and my 6 year old niece was becoming weaker and weaker. We became increasingly worried, and having visited and called the GP, we were advised to go to the paediatric A&E department at Croydon University Hospital.
On Monday the Court of Appeal reinstated Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba to the medical register after she was struck off earlier this year following her criminal conviction for gross negligence manslaughter in 2015.
It is a case which has garnered considerable interest and raised significant concerns amongst the medical profession, particularly junior doctors, who feel that Dr Bawa-Garba was unfairly made a scapegoat for systemic failings within the NHS.