In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph on 29 October 2017 Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS National Medical Director, said that patients were being left in danger because of the absence of any central NHS system ordering changes in practice on safety grounds. Patients are being left at risk of suffering needless harm, including amputations, devastating maternity complications and in some circumstances, death. All this because a lack of action to protect patients from known risks.
The third quarter of the year has continued to be packed with judicial decisions, policy announcements and consultation processes. Those who thought the summer vacation would bring with it a quiet period were mistaken. The landscape for those who practice within the field of medical negligence continues to be turbulent.
The short answer to this question is that our legal system, like any other human endeavour, is not immune to change, and neither should it be. I have been a lawyer for over 30 years, and during my career I have seen many changes. Some have made things worse for the injured people that I represent, but others have made things much better, and at Kingsley Napley we are always trying to refine and develop the way in which we work.
News broke this week that hundreds of women were suing the NHS and the manufacturers of vaginal mesh implants after facing serious health complications. Women have been left unable to walk, work or have sex as a result of the treatment, with many sufferers claiming they were never informed of the potential dangers before having the mesh fitted.