Featured in a breaking Daily Mirror story, Fletchers Solicitors highlighted how bungling surgeons are being left off NHS danger lists because of a lethal loophole which puts patients at risk.
Sub-standard surgeons are supposedly monitored on a database which registers operations that go wrong. However, Fletchers have helped highlight how under narrow guidelines, botched cases are only recorded if patients die, get infected or have to return to the hospital. Therefore, even in cases where patients are left with severe disabilities as a result of surgery, their experiences aren’t recorded or taken into account when judging a surgeon’s fitness to practice.
Ed Fletcher says: “We believe this issue needs to be highlighted to help the NHS improve the way it monitors the work of surgeons in order to protect patients”.
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