We are pleased to present the August 2015 edition of our Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence Newsletter from the Clarke Willmott claims team.
Our aim is to provide you with a brief overview of key developments and issues in the field of serious injury and clinical negligence.
If there are any issues you wish to discuss further, please contact a member of our team by calling free on 0800 316 8892.
Elderly are being “trapped” in hospital according to Age UK
Age UK, the charity championing the rights and welfare of our ageing population, has revealed that elderly patients have spend 2.5 million days over the last 5 years stuck in hospital beds. The reason for this is that there is nowhere else for them to go.
The issue of lack of social services for patients who are well enough to be discharged, but require some form of care at home, is plaguing the NHS, and it is a problem that is beyond their control. Once a patient is in hospital, the doctors and nurses are responsible for their welfare, and cannot discharge a patient if it would be unsafe for them to do so. Many elderly patients will require care when they leave hospital; be it in a nursing home, or their own home with support from social services. If there is not a bed or funding to provide those needs outside of the ward, then the patient must stay in hospital until there is availability.
Law firm calls for more protection for injured cyclists in the UK
Clarke Willmott obtain statistics about serious injuries and deaths from the Department for Transport.
Leading law firm Clarke Willmott has called for more protection for cyclists and motorcyclists as statistics highlighted an increase in the number of incidents on UK’s roads.
The national firm called for the Government to prioritise road safety and do more to protect these vulnerable road users in the light of the statistics obtained from the Department for Transport. The Department for transport recently published their annual report on road casualties, and Clarke Willmott then asked to be supplied with more information about the incidents in areas close to some of their offices.
Diabetes Amputations on the increase
New figures show increasing numbers of diabetes related amputations are being performed.
Diabetes UK have today published figures which confirm that diabetes related amputations in the UK have reached an all time high.
The data used to calculate the figures was originally produced by Public Health England. It shows that 135 diabetes related amputations now take place in the UK every week. This equates to 7 more amputations each week compared to previous figures.
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Inappropriate discharges costing hospitals billions
Data from Freedom of Information Requests analysed by patients rights group Healthwatch England has revealed a nationwide issue with the way that hospitals are discharging patients, leading to wasted costs for the NHS and a risk to patient to health.
The National Audit Office has previously revealed that 2014 saw over a million patients re-admitted to hospital within 30 days of discharge. This not only means that patients were being sent home either when they were nor fit or without the proper support in place to prevent relapse or further injury, but that over £2.4billion is being spent each year due to the fact that patients have to be re-admitted and assessed.
Avoidable deaths are “biggest scandal in global healthcare”
Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has responded to a study revealing that 1,000 patients die unnecessarily in hospitals each month as the “biggest scandal in global healthcare”.
The study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has revealed that 1 in 28 deaths are due to poor hygiene, inattentive monitoring, incorrect diagnosis or the prescription of wrong medication. Mr Hunt proposes to introduce measures to cut the number of hospital deaths by ranking NHS Trusts based on the number of needless deaths in their hospitals.