It may not come as a surprise to many of you that the standards in numerous NHS hospitals has now been confirmed to be considered below what we should expect. As the result of the scandal surrounding the public inquiry into the failings at Stafford Hospital, the Government conducted an investigation into the standards of 14 other NHS Trusts across the country that were being monitored by regulators because of unusually high death rates. The report for this investigation has now been published and it is likely to have a huge effect on the way the NHS is run, which will hopefully lead to standards increasing across the board.

Examples of poor treatment that have been highlighted recently in the media include: failing to deliver cancer test results in a timely manner; increasing a patient’s morphine dose without informing them, and administering penicillin to a patient who was allergic.

Among those investigated were the two NHS Trusts local to Ringrose Law’s offices: United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, in particular, has been criticised for the occurrence of 12 “never events”, which are serious, usually avoidable patient safety incidents that would not have occurred if the available preventative measures had been used.

When a breach of duty of care by a medical professional has caused pain and suffering, it is often possible to make a claim for compensation. At Ringrose Law our specialist team of medical negligence legal advisors are currently dealing with a large number of medical negligence cases.  We have experience of dealing with many types of medical negligence claims including, failure to diagnose/treat; negligent surgery and failure to gain a patients consent.

So, Have you been failed by an NHS Trust?

If you, a relative or a friend has received treatment of a poor standard from an NHS Trust and as a result have suffered some injury, loss or damage please contact us at Ringrose Law so our experienced medical negligence team can advise you on whether you have a claim. All enquiries of this nature are handled sensitively and with discretion, so you can be sure that confidentiality will be maintained at all times.

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