Expert Calls For Response After Release Of Data
Clinical negligence experts at Irwin Mitchell have called for the NHS to put a spotlight on improving the treatment of blood clots following the release of concerning new figures.
Data from the NHS Litigation Authority has revealed that over £112 million has been paid out to families and victims who have suffered serious health problems as a result of doctors failing to prevent and treat blood clots.
In addition, charity Lifeblood has suggested only 30 of 159 hospital trusts in England are meeting mandatory guidelines on assessing patients for the problems upon admission, meaning over four million people could be missing out on vital treatment.
Clinical negligence specialists at Irwin Mitchell provide both advice and support to patients who have suffered illness or injury after their safety was undermined by medical errors.
Beth Reay, a solicitor and medical law expert at the firm’s Sheffield office, said: “Errors or negligence by hospital staff can have a significant impact on the wellbeing of patients, often resulting in serious injury and even death.
“The settlements seen in cases like those involving blood clots are often vital in helping patients who have suffered to access vital care and support they need to live their lives to the best possible standard.
“This latest research has highlighted the dramatic impact that blood clots can have and the need for major improvements in standards of care across the NHS to bring an end to such completely preventable problems.
“All patients need to get access to the best possible treatment and I hope that lessons can be learnt from this data which will lead to a steep improvement in blood clot care in the future.”