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Attending hospital can be a traumatic experience for anybody. You place your trust and confidence in the medical professionals at the hospital and should receive world class medical treatment.
Despite tremendous medical and technological advances over the past 30 years, the incidents of hospital negligence are actually increasing. This can’t be acceptable to hospital users.
The reasons for hospital negligence are varied. You may be attending A&E and be seen by a junior doctor who fails to diagnose a serious health problem and send you home. It could be that you have acquired a serious infection due to a hospital stay. No matter what the health issue is, any kind of negligence at a hospital is unacceptable and should not happen.
Some of the reasons for incidents of hospital negligence include:
- A lack of medical professionals in the UK.
It is widely reported that NHS hospitals in England and Wales are understaffed. The NHS is struggling to recruit and retain good doctors and nurses. There is an exodus of medical professionals who have trained in England and Wales, who are moving to other areas of the world to provide their services.
The pressure of being understaffed is having an immediate impact on the medical professionals left running the NHS. They have less people to do more work which results in mistakes being made. A major shift in NHS recruitment policy is needed in order to improve the current situation.
- A Disjointed Healthcare System
The system of healthcare in England and Wales is disjointed. This can contribute to medical negligence.
It is common for NHS hospitals to be separated into different departments and specialisms. You may visit the A&E Department, who then refer you to the Oncology department for example. However, if there is a lack of communication or disjointed system in place for that hospital, then you may never be contacted by the Oncology Department. Sadly, such errors and delays in communication between hospital departments can have a devastating impact on patients. Particularly, if they are suffering from time sensitive conditions.
- A Growing and Ageing Population
The population of England and Wales has grown significantly since the introduction of the NHS in 1948. The medical needs of the population have increased, which is putting an increasing strain on hospitals.
It is also a fact that the population is living longer and requiring much more care in our older years. This has led to increasing reports of “bed blocking” whereby elderly patients are admitted to hospital for long periods of time, generally, not because of their condition, but often due to concerns about after care if they are discharged from hospital.
If you think that you been the victim of hospital negligence for one of the reasons above, or any other reason, it is vital that you obtain specialist legal advice from a solicitor as soon as possible. Our panel of solicitors are specialists in hospital negligence claims and will be able to provide you with a free no obligation assessment of your case.