Compensation figures have soared to 15 million after patients continue to experience inadequate levels of nursing care.
Following the government’s actions to cut nursing levels by 5,000, 407 patients or their families have received compensation from the NHS after experiencing poor care. This has doubled since the previous year, when just 229 claims were paid.
The inadequate nursing care reported included patients developing bed sores, contracting infections and suffering from broken bones or burns. Some levels of care were so poor that they even resulted in patient deaths.
According to official NHS statistics, three quarters of hospitals are under-staffed, despite the government insisting that they are employing more nurses. With resource stretched to its limit, mistakes and poor treatment is more likely to occur and this needs to change.
Here at Fletchers, we currently deal with one in 10 of the UK’s claims and are seeing the number of these cases on the rise. Although many people would prefer an alternative solution to suing the NHS, compensation is important to help people try to rebuild their lives, and fund for aftercare. It’s also important to help improve the NHS as complaints bring attention to important issues that need addressing within the system. When failings occur, investigations can take place to uncover the reasons behind it and see that incidents like this don’t happen again.
Hopefully, the NHS and the government will now step up and improve staffing levels to ensure that these mistakes are learned from and measures can be put in place so that patients feel safe in the knowledge that they are receiving the best care possible.