Series of Errors by Isle of Wight NHS Trust Contributed to Death of ‘Active’ Dad-of-Two After Heart Surgery
An inquest on 6th and 7th July 2022 into the 2019 death of Mr Steven Hasler, 35, has found that failings and missed opportunities by Isle of Wight NHS Trust significantly contributed to the death of the father-of-two from Ryde. Mr Hasler had undergone open-heart surgery at Southampton General Hospital’s specialist cardiac surgery unit to replace
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
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
Surge in the Number of NHS Claims for Lack of Informed Consent to Treatment
According to academic research, the number of negligence claims lodged against the NHS for failing to inform patients prior to medical/treatment procedures has increased dramatically over the last few years. A patient is legally and ethically entitled to an explanation of the facts concerning the nature of a procedure and the potential risks, as well
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
The top surgeon who harmed patients for years
A top surgeon harmed patients for years and the health board did not have the systems in place to pick up on his mistakes, a BBC investigation has found.
Immediate stop to NHS vaginal mesh operations
NHS England has announced an immediate curb on mesh operations following safety concerns.
Private hospitals warned over surgeons
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has expressed concerns the some of the failings that allowed rogue surgeon Ian Paterson to harm patients are widespread across private hospitals.
Drug errors cause appalling harm and deaths
The BBC has published a story highlighting research that suggests GPs, pharmacists, hospitals and care homes may be making 237 million errors a year - the equivalent of one mistake made for every five drugs handed out.