‘Never Event’ as Patient Receives Wrong Sized Prosthetic During Surgery at Orthopaedic Hospital in Gobowen
In a case reported by BBC News and other organisations, a patient was accidentally implanted with the wrong prosthetic implant in a ‘Never Event’ at a Shropshire hospital. The event was reported to the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) governing body in September 2021. Surgeons mistakenly implanted a small prosthesis into a
Ground-Breaking Inquiry by MPs Finds ‘Serious Failings’ and Evidence of Racism in Sickle Cell Care
Shocking findings from an inquiry by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) show “serious failings” in Sickle Cell care and evidence of negative attitudes underpinned by racism. The report by MPs, led by Pat McFadden MP, highlights sub-standard care and treatment of patients with sickle cell disease (SCD), low awareness and education on the disease among
Why Are More Black and Asian Women Dying in Pregnancy?
Most people would assume that maternal deaths in the UK are, although tragic and comparatively rare, a risk faced equally by all mothers. Sadly, research has shown that this is not the case. There appears to be a relationship between maternal death and ethnicity. The link was highlighted by researchers at Oxford University’s ‘Mothers and
Patient Dies After Cancer Symptoms Overlooked For Three Years
A Liverpool family are taking the NHS to court after Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital failed to follow up on signs their father, John Lowe, might have cancer. Despite several scans in which radiologists spotted suspect lesions and recommended further investigation, Mr Lowe was discharged unaware he might have cancer and was never invited for
Thousands of People in the UK Could Be Living With Undiagnosed Cancer As the Pandemic Hits NHS Screening
The COVID pandemic has fundamentally challenged communities and healthcare delivery systems in the UK and around the world. Of particular concern is the issue of delayed breast cancer screening and care due to the pandemic. Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the UK. The National Health Service (NHS) recommends mammograms
NHS Watchdog Highlights Delays in Critical Heart Attack Treatment
The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) — the independent watchdog that investigates patent safety concerns in the NHS — has highlighted that patients with suspected heart attacks frequently face lengthy delays to getting life-saving treatment for heart attacks. Every year there are more than 100,000 people admitted to hospital with heart attacks in the UK.
Great Ormond Street Hospital Admits Errors Contributed to Child’s Death
In a recent interview by The Independent, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) admitted that the hospital’s mistakes played a part in the death of five-year-old Walif Yafi. The admission came a few months after a three-year legal case with Walif’s parents was concluded. In this case, GOSH denied responsibility for the boy’s death. The Events
Should Doctors be Recommending Bone and Joint Replacement Operations?
Some newspapers and websites have covered research that, it is suggested, calls into question the value of some orthopaedic surgery. Headlines, such as “Joint surgery may be no more useful than physiotherapy,” might lead people to believe that surgical interventions they have had could have been replaced with physiotherapy or medication. The media attention was
The Doctor May Not See You: A Lack of Face-to-Face GP Appointments and Significant Delays Harming Patients
Despite the Government declaring that all remaining Covid-restrictions were dropped on 16 August, some GPs and dentists are among primary healthcare providers which remain under lockdown conditions with face to face appointments being significantly reduced and thousands of appointments being cancelled. Recent data from NHS Digital showed that in July 2021 only 57.2 per cent
Maternity Negligence Scandals in the NHS: 20 Years of Claims
A dangerous time for both mother and child, in the past childbirth could cause as much anxiety as it did celebration. When the NHS was founded, there was close to a 1-in-25 chance a baby would be stillborn or die within the first week after birth. That figure has improved remarkably, and the risk of