NHS Targets could affect survival in Cardiff Hospitals


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By Oliviah Rix-Taylor

on Wednesday 31 January 2018


NHS Cardiff

Medical, or clinical negligence, can have lasting damages and with more people using the NHS than ever, the margin for error is increasing. Cardiff hospitals have been struggling with delays in treatment but what could these delays mean for you?

The NHS stands for National Health Service and provides its users with a quality standard of healthcare, indiscriminate of wealth. The NHS is considered one of the most impressive healthcare systems in the world but having such an enormous number of patients can leave a large margin for potential error and NHS negligence cases do occur.

What could delays mean for you?

Delays in treatment could result in the following medical negligence examples;

  • Symptoms worsening
  • Illness spreading to other areas of the body
  • Illness progressing into terminal stage

Delayed treatment could also result in psychological and financial damage such as Loss of earnings due to continued absence from work.

The NHS have tough targets to meet, but with mounting pressure, these targets are rarely met. See how your local health board is performing in terms of patient satisfaction and NHS targets;

Cardiff and Vales University Health Board

Accident and Emergency

TARGET - 95% of patients to be seen, treated or admitted within 4 hours of arriving in the A&E

% of people spending more or less than the target time in A&E for Cardiff

 

Figure.1 Data from statswales.gov.wales for 2016-17.

Figure.1 shows that Cardiff performed well when the time was increased to 8 and 12 hours but was unable to meet its target for 4 hours. The orange line shows the 95% target level of patients to be treated, admitted or referred within those target times.

Cancer Care

TARGET - 95% of patients to commence treatment within 62 days of an urgent cancer route diagnosis.

% of patients starting treatment within 62 days of being diagnosed via the urgent cancer route

 

Figure.2 Data from statswales.gov.wales

Figure.2 highlights that this target is very rarely met. If you have been diagnosed with suspected cancer but have not received any form of treatment for 62 days or more, then you may have fallen victim to severe NHS delays. 

 

GP Appointments

In a national survey that sampled 3,800 people in the Cardiff area, many were dissatisfied when trying to see a GP. 38% of those sampled found it fairly or very difficult to book a GP appointment that was convenient for them.

Being misdiagnosed by a GP can be grounds for GP negligence claims. You can speak to one of our advisors at Accident Line Direct if you are unsure of how to proceed with a claim. We are happy to offer you obligation-free advice.

Ease of getting a convenient GP appointment

 

Figure.3 Data from statswales.gov.wales.

Accident Line Direct

Clinical negligence law can be confusing but 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

Clinical negligence claims against the NHS will typically involve 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.

Medical compensation 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.

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This article was written using data from;

https://statswales.gov.wales/Catalogue

https://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx