Somerset’s NHS hospitals have experienced problems in recent years. Although Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton is the largest General Hospital in Somerset, [MPH serves a population of over 340,000], it is the smaller Yeovil District Hospital that is been the subject of most controversy.
In particular, a report published in 2014 on the NHS Choices website described the Somerset hospital as one of just 29 in the UK to be rated as “poor” – in particular with regard to a lack of open and transparent reporting of safety risks. This was particularly concerning for those using the hospital given that it had earlier been granted an ‘Excellent’ rating for its service quality by the Healthcare Commission in both 2008 and 2009. The 2014 poor rating followed an earlier decision in 2012 by Monitor to describe the trust running YDH as a “high risk”, which in turn led to a decision in oncerns about short-term financial problems at Yeovil District Hospital.
However Musgrove Park Hospital itself hasn’t been immune from the recent problems. Private provider Vanguard Healthcare Solutions was recently found guilty of neglecting patients at Musgrove Park Hospital when only 25 out of 62 patients treated by them had a normal recovery. 50% of patients reported a poor recovery, according to lawyers, despite the fact that cataract operations generally have a very low rate of complications — usually one in 400 rather than the one in two experienced by Vanguard’s patients.
And in 2011, the Shepton Mallet Treatment Centre, run by private healthcare firm UK Specialist Hospitals, was found to have claimed almost £7 million of taxpayers’ money for operations that were never carried out.
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MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE – THE NEED FOR ACCREDITED SPECIALISTS
Many years ago, solicitors were like GPs – one solicitor would have handled everything for you – from, conveyancing and divorce to business law and accident claims. Those days are long gone. The best solicitors are specialists – and medical negligence, above all, requires really specialist knowledge and experience. Why? It’s not just that the law and procedure surrounding medical negligence is complex – it is. To give you the best chance of winning the compensation you deserve, your solicitor will need to properly understand your medical records – that includes viewing x-rays, deciphering GP records and hospital notes and reading medical reports.
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Those words are not ours – they come from the website of Action against Medical Accidents [also known as AvMA], which is the highly regarded UK charity set up to support victims of medical negligence. [Clinical negligence is simply another term for medical negligence]
Our team includes accredited members not only of the AvMa panel, but also of the Clinical Negligence Solicitors Panel run by the Law Society – both these panels involve a highly rigorous accreditation process – so in picking a solicitor on one of these panels, you know you’re getting an independently assessed expert. It’s also worth bearing in mind that there are well over 100,000 solicitors in England and Wales these days – but only around 180 ever make it onto both of these panels.
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