Pregnancy and Gynaecology Claims

From Drill Bits Left Inside Patients to Mistaken Removal of Ovaries: Substantial Increase in ‘Never Events’ Recorded by the NHS

The NHS recorded a substantial increase in ‘Never Events’ between April 2021 and March 2022—including nearly 100 incidents of foreign objects such as scalpel blades, wire cutters, and drill bits being accidentally left inside patients. The official data revealed 407 incidents of medical negligence that are described as “so serious they should never happen” in
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Why Are We Still Not Aware?

March is known as ‘ovarian cancer awareness month’ but despite the condition being all too common and well publicised, many women and GPs are still unaware of some of the early symptoms, resulting in the signs being ignored or misdiagnosed. This delay can allow the cancer to spread, meaning treatment may need to be more
New Damning Report Unearths Widespread Ethnic Inequality in NHS, Calls for Comprehensive Steps to Tackle It

The review titled “Ethnic Inequalities in Healthcare: A Rapid Evidence Review” (published 14 February 2022), highlights the vast failings in the healthcare systems affecting ethnic minority patients in the country. The review was ordered by the NHS Race and Health Observatory, an independent organisation established in 2020 to investigate inequalities in healthcare. It found what
NHS Never Events: The Most Common Medical Accidents April 2019 – February 2020

The term ‘Never Event’ was first introduced by Ken Kizer, former chief executive of the National Quality Forum in the United States and was in reference to particularly shocking medical errors which should never occur if the available preventable measures are implemented. An NHS Never Event is an umbrella term for a series of avoidable
A “Scandal” Which Has Left Thousands of Women in Pain: Vaginal Mesh

Introduced to the NHS in 1998 these vaginal mesh implants were used to treat urinary stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in women – particularly following childbirth or a hysterectomy. Despite the lack of rigorous testing, thousands of women received a mesh implant and many are now experiencing the following complications: Chronic and debilitating pain
Vaginal mesh ‘Last Option’ for Incontinence

New draft guidelines for the NHS advise that women who need treatment for urinary incontinence should only be offered mesh surgery as a last resort.
More women should be advised of the risks of placenta complications

The risk of complications arising from the placenta (also known as afterbirth) has increased.
Immediate stop to NHS vaginal mesh operations

NHS England has announced an immediate curb on mesh operations following safety concerns.
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust admit errors in incorrect reporting on Smear Tests

For most women, having a routine smear test can be a worrying time but after receiving the ‘’all clear’’ it is only natural to forget about the test until the next time it creeps round, three years later.

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