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.
We recently heard first-hand about the life-saving work being undertaken by the UK Sepsis Trust. As part of its programme to raise awareness, the Trust provided a compelling presentation to a large audience at Kingsley Napley.
Matt Morgan’s short piece in the BMJ this week [link] “doctors’ messes are not just about food” talks about how a place where staff can meet, talk, eat, solve problems and socialise privately are a thing of the past.
I have just finished reading Adam Kay’s brilliant memoir “This is Going to Hurt”. Adam was a junior doctor who specialised on obstetrics, and his book is very funny, and very moving. He talks about the physical and emotional exhaustion, and the terrible responsibility of knowing that although obstetrics is mostly about safe outcomes for both mum and baby, there will inevitably be some cases that result in catastrophe such as maternal death, or children with cerebral palsy.