Whenever a patient consults or receives treatment from a medical or dental professional or organisation, they are owed a ‘duty of care’ under which all healthcare providers must ensure, as far as reasonably possible, that no harm comes to a patient under the provider’s care.
Medical Negligence or Clinical Negligence occurs when there has been a failure to meet this minimum duty and you have suffered as a result of a :
- delay in diagnosis
- a mis-diagnosis
- incorrect treatment
- a delay in treatment
- injury or death following treatment
During 2011 & 2012 there were 9,143 clinical negligence claims made against the NHS which is estimated to be around a 65% rise over the last 5 years. During 2013 & 2014 the NHS set aside over 22 billion pounds for medical negligence related claims.