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.
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.
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.