Clinical Negligence in hospitals – shocking new results

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It has been reported that tens of thousands of patients have been harmed in hospital due to clinical negligence which has led to avoidable blood clots, lacerations, puncture wounds, blood poisoning, post-surgery intestinal bleeding and childbirth injuries.

In fact the recent Dr Foster report, whilst highlighting an alarming death rate in the UK’s hospitals, also shows that more than 62,000 accidents, mistakes or avoidable complications were recorded across all 147 hospital trusts. But, it’s believed the true number could be much higher as many incidents of clinical negligence go unreported.

Clinical Negligence and Hospital Complaints

Some numbers were released showing 30,500 patients had developed avoidable blood clots, over 13,000 mothers were injured whilst giving birth and some 10,000 patients suffered an accidental puncture or laceration. On top of that 2,000 had intestinal bleeding and 1,300 contracted blood poisoning after surgery.

The study also found 4 trusts where the death rate amongst patients was particularly high, though it’s not known if those deaths could have been prevented. However, such high death rates in a hospital do raise the alarm about the quality of care and the possibility of clinical negligence.

The Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: "I have been clear that unsafe care will not be tolerated."

"Patients have a right to expect the very best care from the NHS and when something goes wrong, hospitals have a duty to report it and make sure that others can learn from their mistake."

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) and Hull and East Yorkshire were found to have significantly high "death after surgery" rates.

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