We heard from the BBC news today that a report that they had finally gained access to, revealed a lack of trust and low staff morale contributing to a series of problems in maternity care at North Devon Health Care NHS Trust between 2013 and 2018.
A recent Guardian article revealed that managers at West Suffolk Hospital had demanded fingerprints and handwriting samples from staff in order to uncover a whistleblower. The widower of a 57 year old woman, Susan Warby who died five weeks after an operation to treat a perforated bowel in 2018, received an anonymous letter outlining what went wrong during his wife’s treatment.
The Trust (which the Care Quality Commission rates as “Requiring Improvement”) manages five different hospitals. The BBC article startlingly sets out that from as long ago as 2015 the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists were reviewing maternity care, amid "concerns over the working culture".
There are 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK, according to the Stroke Association, with someone suffering a stroke every 5 minutes. So it’s concerning that nearly half of all Hospitals in England, Wales and Northern Ireland has at least one stroke Consultant post unfilled.
All of our specialist medical negligence lawyers have heard Clients (who, by definition, are patients or family members of patients who have had unsatisfactory medical outcomes) say that their story wasn’t heard, they were not talked to, or, that they were not involved in the thought process that led to their diagnosis and treatment.