Expert Reveals Concerns Over Cumbria NHS Trust Reports

Reports Reveal Patient Safety Worries

16.11.2011

A medical law expert at Irwin Mitchell has called for clarity following reports over the safety of patients at hospitals operated by North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust.

Concerns have been raised in relation to the trust following a leaked email which apparently suggested financial problems may lead to the closure of some wards at sites in both Whitehaven and Carlisle.

The Royal College of Nursing has gone on to claim that patients are currently at risk, although the chief executive of the trust has since claimed to the BBC that the organisation has no evidence to support such claims.

Medical negligence specialists at Irwin Mitchell have now called for an increased effort to get to the bottom of the issues which have been raised, with a view to ensure that the safety and care of patients remains a fundamental priority.

Angela Kirtley, a Partner and expert in medical law and patients’ rights at the firm’s Newcastle office, said: “It is concerning to see these reports in relation to the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust and we hope that the body is able to quickly demonstrate that its care standards meet acceptable levels.

“Through our work we sadly see the terrible consequences that mistakes and medical errors have on so many lives, as well as the risks that patients can face when there are failings in their care and treatment.

“There are worrying reports emerging here and it is vital, for the sake of patients and their families, that reassurance is provided which will ensure that the quality of care available at this trust is in line with NHS guidelines.”