NHS must act urgently on surgery care failings – expert reaction

09/12/2011

Today the news broke that care provided to high-risk surgery patients is falling below acceptable standards, according to an independent review. The findings were revealed by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death, which found that four in 10 high-risk patients received poor or inadequate treatment. Particularly alarming was the revelation that there is a lack of pre-op checks and insufficient use of critical care facilities after surgery.

Eddie Jones, head of the clinical negligence department at law firm JMW, gives his expert reaction:

“We have seen first-hand how a lack of care for these patients can have devastating consequences, but the statistics this enquiry has revealed are truly shocking. That almost half of high-risk surgery patients are being placed in this vulnerable position is completely unacceptable, and is dicing with death.

“Our own experience shows that the medical profession often does not act quickly enough when a patient starts to deteriorate after surgery. All too often, patients are not referred to consultants as their situation is deemed ‘not serious enough’, meanwhile a failure to review patients on a daily basis can have deadly consequences.

“In one particular case, we fought a successful battle for compensation for the family of a mother who suffered abdominal pains following a caesarean section and subsequently died when post operative complications were not spotted. This woman left four children, all because adequate checks were not carried out. The NHS must act urgently to turn this situation around, to prevent the number of unnecessary deaths from escalating.”

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For more information, or to arrange an interview:

Kelly Livesey

0161 828 1981

kelly.livesey@jmw.co.uk

Note to Editors

JMW Solicitors LLP is a leading Manchester law firm and offers a broad range of legal services to both commercial and private clients.

JMW’s Clinical Negligence team is headed up by leading lawyer, Eddie Jones. For more than a decade he and his team have advised and represented thousands of victims of clinical negligence, and their relatives, and have obtained over £70 million in compensation for their clients, as well as providing the answers as to why their medical treatment has gone wrong.
http://www.jmw.co.uk/services-for-you/clinical-negligence



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