The mother of a baby who died after doctors failed to spot meningitis today spoke of her hope that the NHS would learn lessons from the tragedy.
Abigail Hull, 38, an NHS manager, said she decided to share the story about her seven-month-old son Oliver to raise awareness of the dangers of the disease. Continue reading “‘My baby had meningitis but was given paracetamol… we hope NHS learns from his death’”
A litany of failings in the care and treatment of a four year old boy who died at a specialist children’s hospital were so severe they amounted to service failure, according to an investigation.
Doctors use data and experience to give their best prognoses for fatal illnesses – but patients can live for months or even years. Here, a consultant explains why.
Ablind teenager with a brain tumour is at the centre of a UK court case that pits the hopes of his parents against medical opinion.
In February, doctors argued that the 18-year-old had no more than two weeks to live and that active treatment including chemotherapy and brain surgery would be futile. If his heart were to stop beating, he should not be resuscitated. Continue reading “Why doctors get it wrong about when you will die”
Health service is paying out millions to compensate misdiagnosed patients.
The NHS is paying £4 million a week in compensation to patients who were misdiagnosed by doctors.
In the worst cases, where mistakes led to death or patients needing round-the-clock care, families have received £5 million each. But these sums do not include the extortionate fees charged by lawyers who sometimes try to claim more than 20 times the amount paid to patients. Continue reading “Blunders by doctors cost NHS £4million a week”
Patients with terminal illnesses are being made to die prematurely under an NHS scheme to help end their lives, leading doctors have warned.
In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, a group of experts who care for the terminally ill claim that some patients are being wrongly judged as close to death.
Continue reading “Sentenced to death on the NHS”
One in six British adults know of someone whose poor treatment by the NHS has been covered up – and majorities support sacking, prosecuting and removing the pensions of staff found to be involved
As pressure mounts on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to take action on Care Quality Commission staff alleged to have been involved in cover-ups at a Cumbria hospital, YouGov finds that one in six British adults know of someone who has experienced a cover-up. Continue reading “One in Six Britons Know of NHS Cover-ups Personally”
The NHS has paid out more than £100million in compensation to the loved ones of patients who died as a result of medics’ blunders.
More than 20 families each week receive huge settlements as a result of negligent care which has ended in death.
New figures from the NHS show there have been more than 2,300 successful cases in the last two years where the family of patients have sued, winning a total of £108million in compensation. Continue reading “NHS pays out more than £100MILLION in compensation to families of patients who died in hospital because of medics’ blunders”