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What are NHS ‘Never Events’ and How to Claim Compensation for Medical Negligence?

The Sun has reported that new figures are showing there were more than 400 ‘Never Events’ in the NHS last year, raising concerns about the effect of heavy staff workloads on patients’ safety.

Although the NHS is known to be potentially the most revered institution in the UK, some patients are victims of medical negligence whilst being treated by the NHS. This is classed as a ‘Never Event’. Between April 2021 and March 2022, 407 Never Events were recorded. 98 of the 407 never events were foreign objects being left in the body.

Care Quality Commission describes Never Events as “serious, largely preventable patient safety incidents that should not occur if healthcare providers have implemented existing national guidance or safety recommendations”.

What’s required to submit a successful medical negligence claim?

If a medical negligence claim is to be successful, a claimant must be able to demonstrate and prove they were provided inadequate care. By Law, medical negligence claims have to be filed within 3 years after the negligent event or 3 years after date of knowledge. However, if you are making the claim on behalf of a child, you can claim at any point until they are 18 years old. After this time, they can make a claim for themselves, but they must do so before they turn 21.

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Here at UKExpertMedical, we appreciate how traumatic these cases can be. Our team will always act in the best interests of the client and solicitor to prepare Medical Negligence Reports as quickly as possible, in order that the claim can progress to a prompt conclusion.

 

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