Will The Summer Crisis Continue The Number Of Medical Negligence Claims

Will longer waiting times and staff being under extra stress due to working conditions lead to the continuation of an upward trend in Medical Negligence Claims? Forbes Solicitors discuss the seasonal spike wreaking havoc in the medical remit.


United Kingdom – WEBWIRE – Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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Shockingly, over 16,000 patients were found to have been waiting anywhere up to 12 hours on trolleys for hospital beds this year.

Will longer waiting times and staff being under extra stress due to working conditions lead to the continuation of an upward trend in Medical Negligence Claims? Forbes Solicitors discuss the seasonal spike wreaking havoc in the medical remit.

A&E services have felt immense pressure this spring as an unprecedented surge in patient’s requiring treatment has led to thousands of clinical negligence complaints.

Hospitals were failing to treat patients within the target time of 4 hours causing nearly 25,000 patients to wait longer for treatment.

Usually associated with the winter months affecting the elderly, the spike in A&E admittance is known to subside as the weather improves yet figures highlighted by The Guardian were showing that patients waiting more than four hours had ranged from 22,231 a week to 24,503. This is almost double the figures of 3 years ago where numbers ranged between 13,938 and 17,372.

Shockingly, over 16,000 patients were found to have been waiting anywhere up to 12 hours on trolleys for hospital beds this year.

Dr Clifford Mann, president of the College of Emergency Medicine, said to The Guardian: “These figures underline the need for significant action. The college has exhorted the NHS to decongest A&E departments by providing accessible alternatives for the 2.1 million patients who could be safely redirected from triage and to mandate full capacity plans to address the pernicious problem of ’exit block’; failure to do so will mean these figures go from bad to worse and lives are endangered.”

As opinion from government officials suggests that ministers have reduced social care for the elderly and made it increasingly difficult to get an appointment with a GP, it’s the people in need that suffer from medical staff cutbacks and turn to A&E for help, thus increasing the problem.

In times of overcrowding or where hospitals are understaffed, mistakes can be made. Errors in judgement can cause serious suffering to patients and failure to diagnose a problem in a patient in the hope of freeing up a bed can have devastating repercussions.

If you feel you have suffered due to medical negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Forbes Solicitors have a dedicated clinical negligence team that can help you ascertain as to whether you have a claim and obtain compensation on your behalf all on a no win, no fee basis.

Enquiring costs you nothing and our friendly team can help you. Start with a free consultation on 0800 037 4625 or by visiting www.forbessolicitors.co.uk and see how the experienced clinical negligence team can help you. 


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