Clinical negligence lawyers decry Mid-Staffordshire Hospitals Trust
The damning report of the Mid-Staffordshire Hospitals Trust published by the Healthcare Commission has had major repercussions, drawing apologies from the Prime Minister and his Health Secretary, and leading to the resignation of the chairman and chief executive of the trust.
Public outcry has also followed the case, with scathing editorials in several newspapers, reported anger from people affected by the failures of the hospital, and statements from clinical negligence lawyers that related compensation claims are under discussion and in progress.
The wife of a man who died after acquiring a C. diff infection said, "The care at Stafford Hospital was dreadful, abysmal, inexcusable," and was echoed by a leader article in the Telegraph that added, "Not since Harold Shipman was still in general practice have NHS patients been so dreadfully betrayed."
Eddie Jones, head of the Clinical Negligence department at JMW Solicitors, comments, "Whilst the report of Healthcare Commission must be welcomed for identifying and for beginning to address serious problems at Stafford General Hospital, it also represents tragedy for many people affected by surgical and medical negligence. Patient care must be central to any hospital."