EU rules are bad news for the health of UK patients

A House of Lords committee has claimed that EU rules are putting patients at an unacceptable level of risk, a situation that could see more medical negligence cases being filed against the NHS.

Staff shortages to blame for high medical negligence payouts

Medical negligence in the NHS cost £1.2 billion over the last two years, recently released research figures show. Nearly half of these personal injury compensation payments were for mistakes that occurred on under-staffed maternity units.

Medical negligence towards the elderly is still rife

It would appear that some hospitals do not learn from their mistakes. A new report from the Care Quality Commission showed that, between 2005 and 2008 somewhere between 400 and 1200 people died in Stafford Hospital from medical negligence, abuse or neglect.

Should medical students learn more about medical negligence?

Recent research shows that the majority of medical students think they do not have the necessary legal knowledge and skills to challenge poor clinical practice and promote better care for patients.

DVT medical negligence claims cost NHS £112m in 5 years

Shocking statistics show that the NHS has forked out £112 million in medical negligence compensation in the last five years because doctors have not spotted deadly blood clots.

Medical negligence highlighted at National Birth Trauma Awareness Week

This week is National Birth Trauma Awareness Week and at the start of the week a couple from Kidsgrove revealed how their son was left with severe brain damage due to the medical negligence of staff during his birth.

Contraceptive implant medical negligence claims increase

GPs could start to see an increase in claims for medical negligence compensation after it was revealed that about 600 females have got pregnant after an Implanon contraceptive implant has been fitted.