Call today and speak to Zoe Diss, specialist medical negligence solicitor. Find out if you can claim compensation.
CALL 0800 083 5500
Figures released by NHS Improvement at the end of March 2017 indicate that there were as many as 380 incidents of serious medical negligence reported by NHS Trusts across the country between 1 April 2016 and 28 February 2017.
These medical negligence incidents are laelled ‘Never Events’ and are deemed entirely preventable where national guidelines on the deliverance and standards of care are met. Their label refers to the fact such incidents should never occur. As such, the patients affected by such medical errors may be entitled to make a medical negligence claim.
397 “Serious Incidents” were initially reported to NHS Improvement as potential Never Events during the period examined, of which 380 were eventually classified as such. Of the remaining incidents, 10 remain under “Serious Incident” classification, nonetheless representing a failure to meet the necessary standards of care and still potentially representing instances of medical negligence.
The worst month recorded during this period was November 2016, which saw 45 Never Events; representing an average of 11 a week.
Numerous forms of significant failure on the part of a care provider can fall under the classification of a Never Event, but during the period examined some particular errors occurred in significantly greater volume than others:
Never events were recorded at NHS trusts all across the country, but again some institutions produced more failures than others. Below is a list of those NHS Trusts reporting the highest number of Never Events during the period:
This staggeringly high incidence rate of Never Events at health institutions situated across the country is an indicator of an NHS that is, in some instances, struggling to deliver the standards of care its patients expect.
Cases of Never Events are particularly concerning, and devastating, as they are errors that, as their name suggests, should never happen.
If you or a family member have been the victim of a Never Event whilst undergoing NHS treatment, it is possible your care providers are guilty of medical negligence; meaning you could be entitled to claim medical negligence compensation. For more information, speak to an expert medical negligence solicitor at Blackwater Law for free initial advice and support. Call today on 0800 083 5500 to find out where you stand.