NHS delays could mean Life or Death in Swansea
Medical Negligence, now termed ‘clinical negligence’ relates to a breach of your duty of care. Hospital negligence has resulted in more people suing the NHS than ever. Could unmet targets and increasing delays be the cause?
According to information provided by the Welsh Government, Bro Morgannwg Health Board has not been hitting their targets for A&E waiting times, cancer treatment and waiting lists for general treatment.
With rising care costs, unprecedented patient numbers and nursing shortages, delays on the NHS are the norm for those not opting for private healthcare, but there could be a more serious threat than the stifling boredom of the waiting room. Last year, clinical negligence claims for delayed treatment amounted to a payout of £557 million according to the NHS litigation authority.
What could delays mean for you?
Delays in treatment could result in the following;
- Loss of earnings due to continued absence from work
- Symptoms worsening
- Illness spreading to other areas of the body
- Illness progressing into terminal stage
We have looked at Swansea’s performance against NHS targets to see how they fare.
Swansea | Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
*Bro Morgannwg health board has been selected to represent Swansea in this instance although there are several other health boards for the area.*
Accident and Emergency
TARGET - 95% of patients to be treated, discharged or admitted within four hours of arriving in the Accident and Emergency ward.
TARGET WAITING TIMES IN A&E FOR SWANSEA
Figure.1 Data for January 2017 taken from statswales.gov.wales.
- Over 23% of patients visiting Bro Morgannwg University hospital A&E in January 2017 spent longer that the target 4 hour waiting time.
- 4% of people spent more than 8 hours.
- Just over 6% had to spend more than 12 hours in an Accident and Emergency ward before being seen.
% OF PEOPLE WHO SPEND MORE THAN THE 4 HOUR TARGET TIME IN A&E FOR WALES
Figure.2 Data for January 2017
- Bro Morgannwg University Health Board Hospital is the poorest performing hospital in Wales in terms of waiting times in A&E (for Jan 17).
TARGET – 95% of patients are to be treated within 62 days of an urgent cancer referral.
% of patients starting treatment within 62 days of suspected cancer at bro morgannwg
Figure.3 Data from 2016 – 2017 from statswales.gov.wales
- In June 2017, Bro Morgannwg hospital hit just 73% of this target, allowing people with urgent cancer referrals to wait longer than 62 days for treatment.
Planned care for Non-emergency treatment
TARGET – 95% of patients must commence treatment within 26 weeks of referral.
% of patients commencing treatment within 26 weeks of referral for Bro Morgannwg health board
Figure.4 Data between 2011-2017 from statswales.gov.wales
- Bro Morgannwg Health Board ranked 3rd out of 7 trusts in Wales
- 12% of patients had to wait up to 36 weeks for treatment
- Just under 6% waited more than 36 weeks in October 2017.
Accident Line Direct
If you think your condition has worsened beyond a reasonable extent due to delays on the NHS then contact Accident Line Direct to discuss making a claim. There is no set guideline for delays in clinical negligence cases but if a solicitor can prove the following, then you will be entitled to compensation;
- You were owed a duty of care from your healthcare provider
- That duty of care was breached in an act of negligence
- That negligence was a direct cause for your personal harm
The way in which medical negligence cases are handled usually refer to something called a Bolam test. This test determines whether other medical professionals would have acted in the same way given your medical case. If they deem that they would have acted differently and that the healthcare provider who treated you acted in an unreasonable way, then you will be owed compensation.
Bringing a claim against a hospital outside of the UK can be fraught with obstacles, but medical negligence cases UK based are not uncommon due to the public funding of the NHS. Making a claim will involve the NHS litigation authority; a body of the Department of Health that aids NHS trust’s in resolving claims.
Medical negligence law can be complicated and there are several steps involved in receiving financial remuneration. At Accident Line Direct we have a wealth of knowledge and experience of the clinical claims industry at our disposal. Call us today to speak to our advisors in Swansea for obligation free advice about your clinical negligence case.
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