Jeanette Whyman Archive

Will lengthy waiting times lead to a rise in negligence claims?

The National Audit Office’s report into NHS waiting times for elective and cancer treatment made headlines when it was published (20 March 2019), not so much because it revealed that waiting time standards for elective treatment have not been met for three years, but more for the concern that extended waiting times would provoke an upturn in negligence claims.

Hip resurfacing; claims against the manufacturer

Hip resurfacing, a type of hip replacement, was first introduced in the 1950s and was a disaster. It was not revisited until the 1980s when a team from Birmingham introduced a method of resurfacing using cobalt chromium. Initial results were excellent and this type of ‘metal on metal’ (MoM) hip replacement was embraced by surgeons worldwide.

Can I complain about a doctor or hospital while I am undergoing treatment?

You can complain about your treatment while it is ongoing if you are concerned about any aspect of your care. In fact, the sooner you raise an issue, the more likely it is to be resolved quickly. It is understandable that you may feel embarrassed about complaining while you are in the middle of treatment, particularly if it concerns either a doctor or nurse, but a complaint is not the same as a legal claim.
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