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I am a Partner in the Medial Negligence department and manage a team of lawyers in the Sheffield office. I have specialised in medical law for more than 15 years, and I have particular expertise in birth injury and spinal injury cases.
I wrote on my university application form that I wanted to study law because of a keen sense of justice, and I still stand by that as my inspiration.
Seeing the positive effect that a damages claim can have on people who have been injured when medical treatment has gone wrong. It is incredibly rewarding to recover compensation so that people can have proper rehabilitation and a care package, and can move to suitable accommodation. Although money can never properly compensate people in this situation, it can dramatically improve their quality of life.
Working with such a knowledgeable team of specialists, who are committed to improving different aspects of a person’s life.
“Every patient and their family should expect to receive a timely response when they call an ambulance as, in an emergency, every second counts.
“Although ambulance trusts have a very difficult task in managing their current resources to best effect, the Care Quality Commission’s report findings are troubling from a patient safety perspective and we hope that issues the CQC has highlighted can lead to improvements.
“It is important to note that the CQC also acknowledged that staff were committed to providing high quality, safe care despite suffering from low morale. And of course the vast majority of NHS staff do an outstanding job in often the most trying of circumstances, and while under threat of reductions in resources and budget. But there are cases when patients suffer harm which, with the correct level of service, could have been entirely avoided.”
“Diabetes patients require a high standard of care and support, but these new figures raise major concerns regarding the level of treatment currently available.
“Foot care is a key part of high quality diabetes treatment, with regular assessments being vital. A lack of appropriate care can lead to problems including damage to large blood vessels, which then develops into poor circulation, foot ulcers and then ultimately amputation.
“However, it must be remembered that the risk of amputation is one of a number of concerns that patients can face, as we have seen how complications in care can also lead to further consequences such as blindness, amputation, kidney failure, stroke or even death.
“With all of this in mind, it is absolutely vital that the Government, the NHS and other healthcare providers ensure that patient safety comes first and quality care is provided to those with diabetes. Everything possible must be done to drive done this worrying figure.”
Patient care should always be a top priority for the NHS and this means ensuring procedures are carried out thoroughly. In our work we have seen the often devastating consequences of the delayed diagnosis of diseases and conditions.
“It is crucial a full investigation is carried out at the Glenfield Hospital to ensure incidents such as this do not take place in the future. Any failing should be identified and corrected and any lessons that can be learned should be communicated with other medical facilities to ensure this process is brought up to standard across the board.
“The fact that Mrs Bayley had to resort to writing to the chief executive of hospitals in Leicester to find the information she required is also worrying. It is vital communication between hospitals and patients is improved in order to supply people with the information they need about their care.”