Clinical negligence headlines: 08.05.2018

Here are the main headlines that we’ve seen in the clinical negligence department this week. If you’ve been the victim of clinical negligence, or know someone who has, log on to www.claimtoday.com/negligence or call 08000 93 93 92.

Health Secretary: Breast screening error ‘shortened up to 270 lives’

This week, most news sources included detailed reports of the possible consequences of an error in relation to NHS breast cancer screening.

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that up to 270 women in England may have died because they did not receive invitations to a final routine breast cancer screening.

Speaking in the House of Commons, he said 450,000 women aged 68 to 71 had failed to get invitations since 2009. Of the 450,000 women affected, 309,000 are still alive and in their 70s.

Mr Hunt told the Commons that computer modelling suggested between 135 and 270 women may have had their lives shortened.

Theresa May ‘blocking requests’ to allow in more overseas doctors for NHS

According to the Guardian, Theresa May was accused of blocking requests to allow more overseas doctors to come to Britain to fill staff shortages in the NHS.

The Evening Standard reported that at least three government departments had urged Downing Street to lift visa quotas temporarily but that the Prime Minister turned down the requests.

Danny Mortimer, the chief executive of NHS Employers, told the BBC recently he had heard of hundreds of doctors being refused visas – and the shortage was affecting patient care.

The Labour MP Preet Gill said “Without adequate staffing levels, the NHS cannot deliver the timely and quality care that patients are entitled to. Therefore, I entirely fail to understand why the government is content with an immigration policy that is actively preventing the NHS from filling vacant doctor posts.”

Critically ill boy died after Worcester hospital failed to do blood test

The Guardian also reported that “A critically ill boy was failed by hospital staff who discharged him without a blood test hours before he fatally collapsed at home.”

The boy died a day after his eighth birthday. He had a cardiac arrest at home on 3 March 2017.

An expert consultant told the inquest that the child would have survived if he had been properly treated when he was admitted to Worcestershire Royal hospital, the day before.

The hearing was told the boy was likely to have had an undiagnosed Addisonian crisis, linked to the rare condition Addison’s disease, hours after he was discharged from hospital with Dioralyte, a rehydration medicine.

The inquest had previously heard that a blood test which would have identified his symptoms was never carried out.
Worcestershire’s assistant coroner, David Reid, said: “Had blood tests been carried, the diagnosis of Addison’s disease would have been made and treatment provided which would probably have saved Callum’s life.”

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