We were recently dismayed to see the following article in the Lincolnshire Echo.

On a daily basis Ringrose Law deal with enquiries regarding potential medical negligence claims against United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust. The title of the story should have been – Negligent Medical Treatment Should Be Blamed for Hospital Trust Payouts.

There are a number of important matters which just aren’t dealt with fully within this story:-

  • The compensation payouts are only made when there has been admitted negligence; settlement agreed with the NHS; or a Court makes an award;
  • More often than not the NHS defendant denies negligence and the Claimant is forced to incur further costs to win their case – it is simply not right for the Defendant to then complain about the Claimant incurring legal costs;
  • Legal costs would be much less all round if defendants admitted negligence, when appropriate, at an earlier stage;
  • As briefly mentioned, the compensation and costs are not paid from the Trusts budget for medical services, and therefore it does not effect the provision of services;
  • Indeed it is often said, that by bringing claims, the NHS’s attention is brought to negligent standards, and can then take action to improve standards so that similar situations do not occur in the future;
  • The record of the United Lincolnshire NHS Trust is not a good one – The Care Quality Commission confirmed earlier this year that the Trust should remain in ‘Special Measures’. Click the following link for the full story – http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/chief-inspector-hospitals-finds-united-lincolnshire-hospitals-nhs-trust-requires-improvement
  • Finally, what is often not reported, is the amount of times we as Claimant solicitors give free advice out to the general public, advising them that there is no claim in law and they should not bring a claim against the Trust. We only recommend bringing a potential claim against the Trust when there has been a clear indication of below standard care.

As ever we are always happy to advise people on an initial free basis when they have concerns over treatment and our expert team across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire are always on hand to help. Please contact us on 01522 561020 to discuss further or contact one of our offices in Lincoln, Boston, Grantham, Sleaford, Spalding and Newark.

 

 

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