Over 8,000 patients have died due to clinical negligence by doctors, nurses and other NHS employees in the last 13 years. But experts believe the figure could be much higher as many families don’t lodge medical negligence claims for compensation.
Early indications for the last financial year suggest that the number of fatalities continues to increase, although the coalition says this is because a lot of the claims that personal injury solicitors are taking to court this year concern deaths that occurred in previous years.
A medical negligence solicitor in Manchester said that we need to be able to trust NHS medical staff and most of them do a great job even though conditions are difficult. However, the statistics show that there a minority of staff in the NHS are negligent.
It is distressing to think that this negligence costs lives and even worse to realise that the true extent of the problem is unknown. No amount of money can compensate for the loss of a loved one, but compensation is a legal right if another person is to blame for the death of a family member.
Chris Skidmore, a Tory MP who sits on the Commons Health Select Committee, said that more must be done to improve patient care, especially for elderly and vulnerable people.