Thousands of patients killed by medical blunders
Wednesday 30th October 2013 at 11:42 am
Several thousand patients die or are seriously harmed by medical blunders every year in the UK according to an article in The Daily Express.
Referring to recently released data from NHS England, the article shows how in the six months from October 2012 to March 2013, 1,834 patients died and a further 3,479 were seriously injured due to hospital errors.
Dr Mike Durkin, NHS England’s national director of patient safety pointed out that the NHS sees a million people every 36 hours, meaning the chance of serious injury or death is still ‘tiny’.
However, Peter Walsh, the chief executive of the charity Action against Medical Accidents said the numbers were still too high and that the NHS should aim for zero tolerance.
He also suggested that the actual death toll and incidence of serious injury is much higher than the reported figures.
So will your treatment be safe?
If you are soon to undergo surgery there is now a significant amount of information available to the public on the performance of both individual surgeons and hospital trusts.
For example, the NHS has now published Consultant Treatment Outcomes which give details on the number of fatalities that have occurred in operations carried out by individual surgeons. This way, you can make more of an informed choice about whether you are happy to be treated by a specific surgeon.
You can also get an idea of the general standard of care you are likely to receive from your local NHS trust hospital after the Care Quality Commission released a report into which trusts provide the best and worst levels of care.
In all, the report found 27% of trusts posed a risk of poor care for patients, some because of high death rates, others because of serious medical negligence that should never happen, such as removing the wrong body part.
Have you been injured by a medical blunder?
Our specialist medical negligence solicitors can help you if you have been injured by a medical error or your loved one has been killed. Just call Injured Patient Claims on 0800 884 0391 to talk about your claim.