Medical Negligence

World Patient Safety Day launched to tackle medical negligence problem

World Patient Safety Day launched to tackle medical negligence problem

By Gary Adair The first World Patient Safety Day was launched yesterday in response to the growing problem of medical negligence across the globe. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that... Read more

Wilson Nesbitt launch a new Belfast Office Suite and Client Meeting Hub

Wilson Nesbitt is pleased to announce the opening of a new office suite and client meeting hub at 36 Alfred Street, Belfast. The office suite provides a substantial increase in... Read more

Concerns at rise in Northern Ireland hospital waiting lists

By Gary Adair There were 299,436 people in Northern Ireland on a waiting list for their first appointment with a consultant at the end of June, an increase of 8.5 per... Read more

Northern Ireland accident victims receive less compensation than rest of UK

ByGary Adair Victims of road accidents, accidents at work or medical negligence in Northern Ireland are receiving much less than the rest of the UK according to the Ministry of Justice... Read more

NHS resources strained as cancer referral times miss targets

By Gary Adair Healthcare waiting time targets are at the forefront of debate once again after new figures have revealed that 200 patients were not seen by a breast cancer referral... Read more

Northern Ireland Emergency Wait Times Soar

By Gary Adair The severity of the shortage of resources currently plaguing the health service in Northern Ireland has become increasingly apparent following the revelation that the number of patients waiting... Read more

Medical negligence claimant wins compensation for negligent legal advice

By Gary Adair Paul Wright, aged 70 from Essex, pursued a legal claim for medical negligence following an operation during which three plastic bags were left inside his body, resulting in... Read more

Compensation win for client who had an IUCD coil fitted incorrectly

Our clinical negligence specialists have reached a settlement for our client who was not properly informed of the risks involved in having an intrauterine device (IUD), also known as intrauterine... Read more

Over 5,000 NHS compensation cases for misdiagnosis in last 4 years

By Gary Adair There were 5,260 cases involving an NHS failure to make a correct diagnosis of an illness since 2014, with medical negligence compensation pay-outs to patients totalling £688million. Just fewer... Read more

Vaginal mesh care centre to be operational in NI by March 2019

By Gary Adair A centre to treat women in Northern Ireland suffering as a result of vaginal mesh implants is to be fully operational by March 2019 according to the Permanent... Read more

Mesh implant surgery curb extended to Northern Ireland

By Gary Adair It has been confirmed that the recently announced pause on the use of surgical mesh for urinary incontinence in England is to be extended to Northern Ireland. Dr Michael... Read more

Optician admits negligence in examination of boy who became blind

By Gary Adair A high street optician has admitted negligence after carrying out two eye examinations on a two year old child and failing to detect optic atrophy. The boy's mother had... Read more

Grieving parents highlight need for improved child health care in NI

The parents of a two-year-old girl who died following liver tumour surgery at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children have spoken of their hope that their medical negligence claim... Read more

37 patients recalled by Western Trust in relation to heart condition

By Gary Adair The Western Trust has contacted 37 patients in the Fermanagh area who should have received a follow up review after receiving treatment for a heart condition. The recall was... Read more

Over a thousand pounds raised by our marathon teams

Our marathon relay teams were very delighted to hand over a cheque for £1,240 to Brian Shanks of the Simon Community NI. The team would like to thank everyone who made... Read more

Congratulations to our Wilson Nesbitt marathon teams

A big congratulations to our marathon relay teams that completed the Belfast Marathon on what was a very warm Bank Holiday Monday.The teams were running for the Simon Community NI,... Read more

Northern Ireland patients recalled over misdiagnosis fears

By Gary Adair Over 2,500 patients in Northern Ireland have been recalled by the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust over fears of misdiagnosis. The wide-scale recall of patients follows a review... Read more

Government acknowledges risk of vaginal mesh surgery

By Gary Adair The government has acknowledged for the first time that the use of vaginal mesh surgery exposed women in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK to unacceptable... Read more

Compensation claim alleges medical negligence caused brain damage

By Gary Adair A medical negligence compensation claim has been launched in respect of a boy born with devastating brain damage at Coventry’s University Hospital. The boy now suffers from severe cerebral... Read more

Belfast unit set up to deal with vaginal mesh implant problems

By Gary Adair A new specially-accredited unit has been established to deal with patients suffering from vaginal mesh implant-related problems at Belfast City Hospital. The unit was created in response to an... Read more

Investigation announced into safety of vaginal mesh implants

By Gary Adair Due to the vast amount of women worldwide claiming for life changing problems as a result of vaginal mesh surgery, Health Officials in England have decided to launch... Read more

Safety of Northern Ireland patients at risk by crisis point NHS

By Gary Adair The Northern Ireland health service is "crisis point" and is "compromising the health and well-being of staff and putting the safety of patients at risk", according to Janice... Read more

Investigation announced into safety of women’s mesh implants

Due to the vast amount of women worldwide claiming for life changing problems as a result of vaginal mesh surgery, Health Officials in England have decided to launch a retrospective... Read more

Concern at new stats on Northern Ireland outpatient waiting lists

By Gary Adair Approximately 14 per cent of the population of Northern Ireland is waiting for a first hospital outpatient appointment according to new figures from the Department of Health. There are... Read more

Government rejects call for inquiry and ban on mesh implants

By Brian Donnelly A debate by MPs in the House of Commons has resulted in a rejection of the call for an inquiry into the use of surgical mesh implants that... Read more

Northern Ireland operation waiting times highest in UK

By Gillian Crotty New statistics have revealed that people in Northern Ireland are having to wait considerably longer for routine operations compared to the rest of the UK. It is the first... Read more

Northern Ireland patients with urgent referrals facing longer waiting times

By Gillian Crotty Health trusts in Northern Ireland have again failed to meet the 2009 target to begin treatment for 95 per cent of patents with an urgent referral within 62... Read more

20,000 children harmed by Sodium Valproate taken during pregnancy

By Gillian Crotty It has been estimated that 20,000 children have been harmed as a result of their mothers taking the epilepsy drug Sodium Valproate during their pregnancy, since it was... Read more

Smith to resubmit bid for a debate on vaginal mesh implants

By Brian Donnelly The Shadow Secretary of State, Owen Smith, has vowed to resubmit his bid for a parliamentary debate on vaginal mesh implants, having failed in his initial attempt earlier... Read more

NI women to make vaginal mesh implant medical negligence claim

By Brian Donnelly A group of Northern Ireland women are bringing a medical negligence claim against the NHS in respect of physical and mental harm caused by vaginal mesh implants. The mesh... Read more

Red light warning to Belfast Health Trust for infant mortality rates

By Gillian Crotty The Belfast Health Trust was one of 21 health organisations in the UK to be given a red light warning as a result of a higher than average... Read more

Most newborn deaths and brain damage cases are avoidable says audit

By Gillian Crotty A comprehensive investigation into newborns that die or are left brain damaged in maternity units has revealed that 76 per cent of deaths or severe disability could have... Read more

Northern Ireland waiting lists will result in unnecessary deaths

By Gillian Crotty A national independent health charity has said that the hospital waiting list figures in Northern Ireland are shocking, unnecessary, unacceptable, and will result in patient deaths that could... Read more

Doctors and surgeons warn of longer wait times for patients

By Gillian Crotty A survey of doctors suggests that the current average waiting time for patients to see a GP is 13 days, and that it will increase to 3 weeks... Read more

Charity says NI cancer patients waiting too long for diagnosis

By Gillian Crotty Cancer Research UK has criticised the growing waiting times for a cancer diagnostic test in Northern Ireland, with 36.5 per cent of patients waiting longer than the target... Read more

Girl left with brain damage wins medical negligence appeal case

By Gillian Crotty An Appeal Court has ruled that a 14-year-old girl was left with brain damage as a result of the negligence of a 25-year-old doctor at Harlow's Princess Alexandra... Read more

Over 800 UK women sue NHS and makers of vaginal mesh implants

By Brian Donnelly Over 800 women in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are bringing a claim against the NHS and manufacturers of vaginal mesh implants - plastic meshes... Read more

Tragic avoidable death of toddler after unacceptable delay for surgery

By Gillian Crotty The death of a toddler who was waiting for 3 days for life-saving surgery has been described as "entirely preventable", with surgeons saying the hospital management were more... Read more

Compensation for boy with serious brain injury following birth complications

By Gillian Crotty A boy suffering from cerebral palsy and cognitive difficulties following complications during his home birth is to receive a seven-figure sum of medical negligence compensation from the NHS. The... Read more

RCS warning on Northern Ireland patient waiting times

By Gillian Crotty The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has broken from its normal protocol to issue a warning about the amount of times patients in Northern Ireland are waiting to... Read more

Access to justice concerns over fixed clinical negligence costs plan

By Gillian Crotty The Department of Health has announced that the new plans for fixed recoverable legal costs in medical negligence compensation cases would only apply to cases worth less than... Read more

High Court throws out insurers’ attempts to block rate decision

By Gillian Crotty The Association of British Insurers has failed in its' High Court bid to delay the government announcement on the rate used to discount compensation awards. Personal Injury Solicitors have... Read more

462 people had 12-hour waiting times at NI emergency departments

By Gillian Crotty There are renewed concerns about the capacity of Northern Ireland emergency departments after new figures revealed that 462 patients had to wait at least 12 hours to be... Read more

Clinical negligence claims against GPs and doctors rose last year

By Gillian Crotty The number of medical negligence claims against GPs and hospital doctor in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK increased by 22 per cent last year according... Read more

NHS should settle negligence claims earlier to curb legal costs

By Gillian Crotty The portion of the NHS budget set aside for medical negligence compensation claims increased to £56billion last year, but clinical negligence solicitors say the increase in legal costs... Read more

Dental negligence claim ends with £35,000 compensation settlement

By Gillian Crotty A woman who brought a dental negligence claim against her dental surgery after she developed advanced gum disease which will result in the loss of 13 teeth has... Read more

Hospital agrees compensation for medical negligence during birth

By Gillian Crotty The Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle has agreed a seven figure sum of medical negligence compensation to be be paid to a girl, now aged 13, who suffered... Read more

NI girl's medical negligence claim settled at £5.3million

By Gillian Crotty A settlement has been reached in respect of a medical negligence claim brought by the parents of a profoundly disabled girl against the Northern Health and Social Care... Read more

Medical negligence solicitor calls NHS avoidable mistakes a disgrace

By Gillian Crotty Recent analysis show that 1,000 NHS patients in England suffered serious avoidable mistakes in their medical care in the past 4 years, and medical negligence solicitors Osborne Morris... Read more

Concerns at findings of report on serious hospital negligence

By Gillian Crotty An investigation has found that over 1,100 patients have suffered as a result of 'never events' - mistakes deemed so serious that they should never happen - at... Read more

Lower survival rate among babies born in NHS hospitals at weekends

By Gillian Crotty New research suggests that the death rate of new born babies in NHS hospitals is higher among those born at the weekend than during delivered on weekdays. The findings... Read more

High rate of stillbirths in UK could be reduced by better medical care

By Gillian Crotty An investigation into stillbirths in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK has suggested that better medical care could have been given in two-thirds of the cases... Read more

Doctor found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence

By Lenore Rice Doctor Hadiza Bawa-Garba has been found guilty of the manslaughter by gross negligence of 6 year-old Jack Adcock, who died in hospital following what has been described as... Read more

Woman can claim medical negligence compensation 8 years after time limit

By Gillian Crotty The High Court is allowing a woman to bring her medical negligence compensation claim 8 years after the time limit for such claims elapsed. People who suffer injury or... Read more

570 medical negligence cases settled by 5 NI health trusts over 3 years

By Gillian Crotty New figures have revealed that 570 medical negligence cases were settled by 5 health trusts in Northern Ireland between 2011 and 2014, with a total of around £109million... Read more

Compensation for loss of life in Northern Ireland to be reviewed

By Gillian Crotty The Department of Justice in Northern Ireland is to consider whether the compensation amount for loss of life through negligence should be raised to bring it into line... Read more

Doctor accused of medical negligence escapes fitness to practice tribunal

By Gillian Crotty A doctor accused of 'botching' numerous operations has been allowed to remove himself voluntarily from the medical register, and thereby avoid a fitness to practice tribunal. There are a... Read more

Patient told that terminal cancer diagnosis was wrong 18mths later

By Gillian Crotty A 74-year old cancer patient is seeking advice on whether medical negligence was involved in her hospital care after she was told her cancer was terminal and to... Read more

Growing concerns about quality of health care in Northern Ireland

There are growing concerns about the quality of health care in Northern Ireland following comments from the head of the Health and Social Care Board that waiting times for surgery... Read more

Compensation awarded for unnecessary operation that went wrong

By Gillian Crotty A woman who underwent a potentially unnecessary operation which then went wrong has won her medical negligence claim and been awarded £75,000 compensation. The 40 year-old woman, who has... Read more

Guidelines hope hospital staff apologies reduce negligence claims

It is hoped that new guidelines requiring doctors, nurses and midwives to make verbal apologies to patients when medical mistakes, or near-misses, have occurred will reduce the number of medical... Read more

Concern at increase in waiting times at NI emergency departments

By Gillian Crotty Concern has been voiced at the news that patient waiting times at emergency departments in Northern Ireland have increased, with performance in hospitals having declined by 0.4 per... Read more

Concerns as more hospital operations cancelled in Northern Ireland

By Gillian Crotty There are increasing concerns about the capacity of Northern Ireland hospitals as it was announced that 707 operations were cancelled between January and March of this year. Accident and... Read more

2300 NHS compensation payouts over fatal medical negligence in 2yrs

By Gillian Crotty There have been 2,300 successful compensation claims against the NHS in respect of deaths caused or contributed to by medical negligence in the last 2 years. The new statistics... Read more

DePuy metal-on-hip replacement compensation claims at the High Court

Proceedings have been issued in respect of dozens of individuals who received the DePuy ASR XL Asetabular System metal-on-metal hip replacement, and claim they suffered personal injury, loss and damages... Read more

Clinical negligence compensation agreed for 2 siblings

By Gillian Crotty A combined total of £13million medical negligence compensation has been awarded to two siblings who both developed cerebral palsy after errors in their births at the same hospital. Patrick... Read more

Victory after 16yr medical negligence fight over son's brain damage

By Gillian Crotty A woman has been awarded £5.35million medical negligence compensation 16 years after her son suffered brain damage during birth. In October 1999 Nadine Montgomery was taken to Bellshill Maternity... Read more

Dentist struck off after attempting dental work in a McDonald's

The decision to strike off a dentist who attempted to carry out a dental consultation in a McDonald's restaurant in London has been upheld by the High Court. Anca Claudia Macavaie,... Read more

'Lethal mix of failures' led to 11 deaths of babies at hospital

By Gillian Crotty An investigation has concluded that a "lethal mix" of "serious and shocking" failures led to the deaths of eleven babies and one mother at Furness General Hospital between... Read more

Belfast Trust cancels all routine surgeries

By Gillian Crotty The Belfast Trust has issued an apology after it responded to "significant pressures" within Accident and Emergency departments by cancelling all routine surgeries. It was a similar story in... Read more

Police investigate unexplained patient death at Belfast hospital

By Gillian Crotty It has been confirmed that police are investigating the death of an elderly patient at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, with reports that concerns were raised about... Read more

95 Northern Ireland pupils receive wrong vaccine

By Gillian Crotty An investigation has been launched after it was discovered that 95 pupils from a post primary school in Omagh were given the incorrect vaccine. A pre-school vaccine was given... Read more

100 operations cancelled at Belfast hospital since November

By Gillian Crotty New figures reveal that 100 operations have been cancelled at the Musgrave Park hospital in Belfast in the last 3 months, with staff saying the supposedly specialist hospital... Read more

Fewer hospitals would tackle medical negligence in NI

By Gillian Crotty A review of the Northern Ireland health service has concluded that the healthcare given to patients would improve if there were fewer hospitals. The report points out that elsewhere... Read more

Medical negligence barrister paid £2m compensation

By Gillian Crotty A medical negligence barrister has been awarded £2million compensation after an NHS appendix surgery went horribly wrong. Gerwyn Samuel, aged 51, attended Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead for appendix... Read more

Expert says waiting times at hospitals will get worse

By Gillian Crotty A leading health expert is predicting that NHS waiting times for cancer treatment and routine operations will get worse, and that a Government bailout will eventually be required... Read more

Northern Ireland A&E waiting time is worst in the UK

By Gillian Crotty The percentage of Northern Ireland A&E hospital patients being seen within the target period of 4 hours dropped to 76.7 per cent in December, making it the worst... Read more

Cancelled surgeries and lack of beds in Northern Ireland hospitals

By Gillian Crotty Hospitals in Northern Ireland are currently facing unprecedented levels of demand according to the medical director of the Northern Trust, resulting in cancelled operations and waits for hospital... Read more

Belfast Health Trust to pay £8m medical negligence compensation

By Gillian Crotty The Belfast Health Trust will pay £8million medical negligence compensation to a severely disabled teenager in Northern Ireland after a u-turn on admission of liability. The unnamed boy was... Read more

Injured Mum to receive £390,000 medical negligence compensation

By Gillian Crotty A woman who suffered complications following the birth of her first child will receive £390,000 medical negligence compensation after the NHS Trust admitted failings in the treatment provided. Dalia... Read more

Basic medical procedure failure results in fatal mix up

By Gillian Crotty The failure to follow a very basic medical procedure resulted in the death of man who was given the wrong prescription. Edlie George Masters, aged 83, was waiting on... Read more

Nurses admit to multiple charges of wilful neglect

By Gillian Crotty Two nurses at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend have admitted to several charges of wilful neglect of patients. The charges of wilful neglect were made against 5... Read more

Dentist patient death being looked at by police

By Gillian Crotty The police are investigating the death of a woman who had been treated by a dentist who was suspended following allegations he did not wash his hands or... Read more

Son of lethal overdose patient to pay doctor's legal costs

By Gillian Crotty The son of a man who was killed by a lethal overdose from a doctor on his first shift in the UK has been ordered to pay the... Read more

260 NI patients waited over 12 hours for emergency care

By Gillian Crotty The number of patients in Northern Ireland hospitals waiting for more than 12 hours to receive emergency care jumped from 40 in July to 260 in September. The Accident... Read more

Whistleblower concerns about lack of mental health assessments

By Gary Adair A former security manager at a hospital has turned whistle-blower against his employers following the death of a patient at a bus stop, and has raised concerns about... Read more

Apology to cancer patients for errors in treatment

By Gillian Crotty A health trust has apologised to 27 cancer patients for errors in treatment by a consultant who has since been made redundant. The patients suffered from prostate and bladder... Read more

Deceased's man 7hr wait at Belfast A&E was unacceptable

By Gillian Crotty The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust has apologised to the family of a man who died in an accident an emergency unit after waiting 7 hours to... Read more

Dentist guilty of negligence struck off register

By Gillian Crotty Prof Philip Lamey, who was found guilty of 108 charges of malpractice, has been struck off the dental registry and given an immediate suspension. A disciplinary panel had heard... Read more

Lamey guilty of 108 charges of dentist negligence

By Gillian Crotty Prof Philip Lamey, a former consultant at the Royal Victoria Hospital's School of Dentistry in Belfast, has been found guilty of 108 charges of malpractice by a disciplinary... Read more

20 hour wait at Belfast hospital emergency department

By Gillian Crotty It has been reported that 112 people were waiting in the emergency department at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast today, with at least 5 people having waited... Read more

Northern Ireland Health trust accused of catalogue of errors

By Gillian Crotty The family of a 21-year-old man who died weeks after a routine operation have accused the Southern Health trust in Northern Ireland of a catalogue of failings, which... Read more

Huge increase in complaints about NI health services

By Gillian Crotty There was a 63 per cent increase in the number of people contacting the Patient and Client Council to make a complaint about health and social care services... Read more

Northern Ireland woman wins medical negligence compensation

By Gillian Crotty A woman Northern Ireland woman is to receive £400,000 in medical negligence compensation in respect of a potentially fatal blot clot that developed after she gave birth. The woman... Read more

Apology for ambulance delay to reach man 500 yds away

By Gillian Crotty The widow of a man who suffered a stroke and had to wait under an hour for an ambulance despite living 500 yards away from the hospital has... Read more

300 surgery patients waken during surgery each year

By Gillian Crotty A new study has revealed that 300 hospital patients in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Britain, waken during a surgical procedure each year, and that 41... Read more

Northern Ireland medical care under spotlight again

By Gillian Crotty The quality of the medical treatment received by patients in Northern Ireland hospitals will go under the spotlight once again with the start of the NI Human Rights... Read more

Doctors prescribing drugs to patients with known allergies

By Gillian Crotty Doctors in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are putting patients at risk of harm, and even death, by prescribing drugs to patients who have allergies... Read more

Hospital error results in woman wrongly told she had cancer

By Gillian Crotty A 71-year-old woman has spoken of her distress at wrongly being told that she had cancer and Alzheimer's after a hospital error meant that the nurse was actually... Read more

Woman wins dental negligence compensation claim

By Gillian Crotty A woman has been awarded £20,000 dental negligence compensation after what her solicitor described as "12 months of wholly avoidable pain and suffering". Galina Jones, aged 53, received dental... Read more

Inquiry into emergency care in NI hears staff concerns

By Gillian Crotty The inquiry held by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) has heard that staff shortages and excessive workloads are preventing patients receiving the quality of treatment and... Read more

Patient died after doctors treated the wrong lung

By Gillian Crotty A coroner has said that a number of serious hospital errors "contributed to the cause of death" of a patient who received treatment on the wrong lung at... Read more

Report considers why medical negligence complaints doubled

By Gillian Crotty A new report looks at why medical negligence claims and other complaints against doctors doubled over a five year period, and suggests that the increase is due to... Read more

GP and NHS failed to spot cancer despite repeated visits

By Gillian Crotty A woman visited or contacted her GP on 17 occasions and went to the accident and emergency department twice before giving up and going to a private hospital... Read more

£5.5m compensation for hospital delays in treating meningitis

By Gillian Crotty The High Court has awarded £5.5million compensation to a girl left with brain damage and epilepsy after a hospital delayed treatment of her meningitis as a baby. Ellie Sutton... Read more

Poots criticises Belfast Health Trust's patient management

By Gillian Crotty Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots has criticised the Belfast Health Trust for the manner in which it managed patients, and says it demonstrated an inability to identify... Read more

Northern Ireland health and social care complaints increase

By Gillian Crotty The number of complaints in respect of health and social care received by the Northern Ireland ombudsman increased by 46 per cent last year. The dramatic rise in medical... Read more

Northern Ireland nurse loses unfair dismissal case

By Gillian Crotty A Northern Ireland nurse has lost her unfair dismissal case against the nursing home she worked at for 7 years. Andrea Headley was ultimately dismissed because it was alleged... Read more

Three nurses charged with wilful neglect of patients

By Gillian Crotty Three nurses from the Princess of Wales Hospital in south Wales have been charged with wilful neglect of patients. The criminal charges were brought under Section 44 of the... Read more

£8m compensation for boy left with brain damage after birth

By Gillian Crotty The London High Court has approved a compensation package expected to reach between £8million and £9million after "deficiencies" in the medical care he received after his birth resulted... Read more

£5m compensation for woman left waiting by ambulance

By Gillian Crotty A woman who suffered brain damage after waiting nearly two hours for an ambulance that was parked just 100 metres away has been awarded £5million in compensation. Caren Paterson,... Read more

Medical negligence compensation win after tumour missed

By Gillian Crotty A man has won a five figure sum of medical negligence compensation after radiologists contracted by the NHS failed to spot a 20cm long tumour on his kidney. Philip... Read more

100 patients in wait to see doctor at Belfast hospital

By Gillian Crotty Extra nursing staff had to be brought in to the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to help deal with a backlog of 100 patients waiting... Read more

Family accuse Northern Ireland hospital of neglect

By Gillian Crotty The family of a terminally ill Welsh woman who spent 12 days in a Northern Ireland hospital after suffering a fall say she was "neglected". Anne Peters, aged 69,... Read more

Fatal hospital error as doctor removes ovary instead of appendix

By Gillian Crotty A junior doctor has been described as 'out of his depth' when he operated on a pregnant woman to remove her appendix, and removed her ovary by mistake.... Read more

Plastic tube inserted into wrong patient at NI hospital

By Gillian Crotty Staff at the Antrim Area Hospital inserted a tube through the nose, throat and stomach of a patient before realising they had the wrong person. The matter was categorised... Read more

NI hospital tells family fatal error caused father's death

By Gillian Crotty A family who were originally told that their father's death in a Northern Ireland hospital was unavoidable have now been advised that there was in fact a "fatal... Read more

NI health minister considers medical error disclosure law

By Gillian Crotty Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots has said that he would be inclined to introduce a law in Northern Ireland that would impose criminal penalties on medical staff... Read more

Errors led to Northern Ireland hospital patient death

By Gillian Crotty On Friday of last week Health Minister Edwin Poots advised the assembly that 11 deaths involving patients of the Northern Ireland health trust were under investigation, including the... Read more

Calls for review of care of elderly in NI hospitals

By Gillian Crotty There have been increasing calls for Health Minister Edwin Poots to review the quality of care received by elderly patients in Northern Ireland hospitals. The Commissioner for Older People... Read more

Patient death at Belfast hospital being investigated

By Gillian Crotty The death of an elderly patient at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast is being investigated over concerns that once again a delay in treatment was a factor... Read more

Third escalation plan at a Northern Ireland A&E dept

By Gillian Crotty An escalation plan has been put in place at an Accident and Emergency department in a Northern Ireland hospital for the third time in just a few months. Northern... Read more

Extra staff called into packed Belfast hospital again

By Gillian Crotty The capacity of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast was again found lacking, as on Monday extra staff were called in to deal with the number of patients... Read more

Northern Ireland A&E services under spotlight again

By Gillian Crotty The capacity of Northern Ireland hospitals to provide adequate accident and emergency services was under the spotlight again this week as hundreds of people attended a meeting in... Read more

Northern Ireland nurse failed to investigate abuse claims

A Northern Ireland nurse has been struck off for failing to investigate allegations of abuse affecting five residents at a Country Antrim nursing home. Nurse Katherine McCall was employed as nursing... Read more

Historic Northern Ireland hospital errors to be reviewed

By Gillian Crotty Hospital errors classed as "serious adverse incidents" will be reviewed from years before 2013 in the wake of recent revelations about treatment delays contributing to deaths at the... Read more

Belfast hospital delays contributed to 5 deaths

By Gillian Crotty The medical director of the Belfast Health Trust has confirmed that the death of five patients at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast were in part caused by... Read more

Hospital refuses to publish inquiry report on patient death

By Gillian Crotty Kettering General Hospital has refused to publish the inquiry report in respect of a 17-year-old patient who bled to death the day after an appendix operation in 2012. Victoria... Read more

NI nurses concern at undignified patient care

By Gillian Crotty The director of the Royal College of Nursing, Janice Smyth, has described the 'major incident' at Belfast Royal Victoria Hospital on Wednesday as "horrendous", and says nurses are... Read more

Belfast Health Trust apologises for slow admission of guilt

By Gillian Crotty The Belfast Health Trust has apologised for the "poor" standard of medical care given to five children who died at its' hospitals, and for the damage added by... Read more

Is medical negligence increasing in NI? asks MLA

By Gillian Crotty The release of figures on legal costs and compensation paid out by the Northern Ireland health service over the last four years has prompted MLA Jim Allister to... Read more

Doctor gets jails for manslaughter by gross negligence

By Gillian Crotty Surgeon David Sellu has been given a 28 month prison sentence for the manslaughter of a patient as a result of gross negligence. Patient James Hughes, aged 66 from... Read more

Report highlights problem of poor hospital care

By Gillian Crotty A review of hospital trusts in England highlights the growing problem of poor hospital care, with a quarter of the trusts examined found to have a high risk... Read more

Belfast Trust admits liability for death 17 yrs later

By Gillian Crotty The Belfast and Social Care Trust has this week admitted liability for the death of a nine-year-old girl in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in 1996. Claire... Read more

£7.5m compensation for alleged hospital failures

By Gillian Crotty The family of a young girl who was left severely disabled, after an alleged failure by doctors at a hospital to respond to a brain haemorrhage, has agreed... Read more

Court told serious errors caused patient death

By Gillian Crotty The court hearing the charge of gross negligence manslaughter against surgeon David Sellu has been told that "serious errors in judgment" caused the death of patient James Hughes. Mr... Read more

Negligent nurse struck off after patient death

By Gillian Crotty A nurse has been struck off for negligently failing to identify that a patient who died at Stafford Hospital was diabetic. Gillian Astbury, aged 66, was taken to the... Read more

Negligence compensation for drug duplication error

By Gillian Crotty A 77 year old man has been awarded £40,000 clinical negligence compensation after a hospital error resulting in him receiving a double doses of a medicine known to... Read more

£5m compensation in NI medical negligence case

By Gillian Crotty A medical negligence case against the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust has been settled with the agreement of a £5million compensation package. An unidentified girl, now aged 10,... Read more

Very serious hospital errors double in one year

By Gillian Crotty According to figures released by the Department of Health the number of 'never event' hospital errors - mistakes so serious that they should never have happened, almost doubled... Read more

Doctors and surgeons top health service complaints

By Gillian Crotty Official data shows that there were 109,316 complaints against the hospital and community health service in England in 2012/13, and that the most common complaints (47.1 per cent)... Read more

Negligent surgeon compensation payouts hit £2.25m

By Gillian Crotty Another medical negligence compensation claim has been settled in respect of surgeon Manjit Bhamra, taking the total payout to £2.25million, with a further 76 compensation claims still outstanding. Rotherham... Read more

Negligent nurse mistook blood for jam

By Gillian Crotty A nurse who thought that blood around a patient's mouth was jam, among 29 charges considered against her, has been suspended for 12 months by the Nursing and... Read more

Accident victims get 3 times more compensation using solicitors

By Gillian Crotty A new campaign by the Law Society advises accident victims that they stand to earn two to three times more compensation if they use a claims solicitor, compared... Read more

Leg amputation needed after hospital negligence

By Gillian Crotty A 76-year-old man has been awarded substantial medical negligence compensation after errors at a hospital during a knee replacement surgery resulting in him having to have his leg... Read more

UK public less tolerant of medical negligence

There was an increase in medical negligence claims in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK over 2012/13, indicating that the general public is becoming less tolerant of mistakes... Read more

£4m compensation for NI boy left brain damaged

In one of the biggest Northern Ireland medical negligence cases of its kind, a 5 year old boy from north Down has been awarded an estimated £4million in damages. The boy... Read more

Negligent medical care caused death of 100yr old

A hospital has admitted that negligent medical care provided by staff was responsible for a 100-year-old patient dying from dehydration. The Leicester Royal Infirmary admitted that a "catastrophic error" resulted in... Read more

750 medically negligent events in NHS

There have been 750 overtly negligent incidents in the NHS over the last 4 years according to a recent BBC investigation. Described as "never events" - events that should never happen... Read more

NI Health Dept paid £116m in negligence compensation

The Northern Ireland Department of Health has paid out negligence compensation totalling £116million over the last five years according to a new report by Stormont's Public Accounts Committee. The report raises... Read more

£116m negligence claims bill for NI health

The Northern Ireland Department of Health has paid out medical negligence compensation totalling £116million over the last 5 years, according to a new report by the Comptroller and Auditor General... Read more

55 NI negligence claims ongoing for 15-27 yrs

Families in Northern Ireland have been waiting for as long as 27 years to find out the result of their medical negligence cases. The large number of long-running clinical negligence cases... Read more

Belfast dentist faces 46 counts of malpractice

A dentist working at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital is facing 46 counts of malpractice in a London hearing, including claims that he misdiagnosed 15 patients who it was later discovered... Read more

Compensation for dental patient left brain damaged

An unnamed man has been awarded £1million dental negligence compensation after his heart stopped beating during a tooth extraction. The man, now aged 22, was 6 years old when he went... Read more

Call for prosecution of NHS staff who hide mistakes

A public inquiry into mistakes made at Stafford Hospital has proposed that hiding information on staff errors and poor care should become a criminal offence. The inquiry makes 290 recommendations in... Read more

Claim spinal condition confused with back pain

A woman has lodged a claim for medical compensation as she believes that doctors negligently confused a serious spinal injury that she was suffering from with back pain. In May 2011... Read more

NI thalidomide victims await compensation news

The thalidomide drug prescribed for morning sickness proved to be the worst drug disaster in the world, with 10,000 babies born with disfigurements including missing or deformed arms and legs. The... Read more

£2.35m compensation for man left brain damaged

A businessman who was left brain damaged and requiring round the clock care as a result of an error made in his medical treatment has been awarded £2.35million compensation as... Read more

Hospital trust botched 4 surgeries in 1 month

Action is being taken against a hospital trust that botched 4 surgeries in 1 month, including operating on the wrong patient, leaving instruments in two patients, and operating on the... Read more

NI health negligence compensation to reach £250m

The Northern Ireland Department of Health has paid out compensation totalling £116million over the last five years in respect of clinical and social care negligence. There are also estimated to be... Read more

£10m compensation pay-out for brain damaged man

Stepping Hill Hospital is expected to pay out a total of £10million in medical negligence compensation to a man who was left brain damaged when his parents took him to... Read more

Increase in complaints against NI doctors

Complaints against doctors in Northern Ireland to the General Medical Council (GMC) rose by 20 per cent last year. There were 119 complaints in total made to the GMC about doctors... Read more

5 per cent of prescriptions incorrect

A new report by the General Medical Council suggests that 5 per cent of all drug prescriptions contain an error, such as the dosage prescribed, or the instructions for the... Read more

US dentist reused needles for 12 years

In one of the most alarming cases of professional negligence involving a dentist, Dr Stephen Stein is said to have reused dirty syringes and IV's on patients for 12 years,... Read more

Builder seeks compensation after sholder op

Builder Neil Brunton, aged 39, is seeking medical negligence compensation of £100,000 after a poorly executed shoulder operation. A consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Queen's Hospital in Burton carried out corrective... Read more

High Court urges swift NI law reform

A High Court judge has warned of the need to expedite Northern Ireland law reform, saying the current proposals before the Assembly should not be allowed to "gather dust". Mr Justice... Read more

NHS pays £1.2bn medical negligence compensation

The NHS has paid out £1.2billion in clinical negligence compensation in just one year, a new record, and a £350million increase on last year. The total spend includes compensation payouts and... Read more

Negligence compensation for unnecessary surgery

A woman has received £50,000 in medical negligence compensation after undergoing an unnecessary and radical hysterectomy because her smear test results were read incorrectly. Claire Millward, aged 37 from Northampton, was... Read more

£1m medical negligence compensation for ex-paramedic

A retired paramedic is to receive over £1million in medical negligence compensation from the NHS after surgeons removed a healthy part of his brain while operating to remove a tumour. John... Read more

Dental negligence £8k compensation award

Shelley Farrell, aged 49 from Lancashire, is to receive clinical negligence compensation of £8,000 in respect of her claim that her dentist treated her abscess improperly, resulting in what she... Read more

More PIP implants fitted than thought

It has been revealed that 7,000 more women in the UK than originally thought have been fitted with the now banned PIP breast implants, bringing the total of women to... Read more

Pensioner makes £1.3m medical negligence claim

Denzil Shawe-Lincoln, aged 81, is said to have brought a medical negligence claim for compensation for £1.3million, saying doctor negligence resulted in him being confined to a wheelchair. A local newspaper... Read more

Negligence claim - medical swab left inside man

A 77 year old grandfather is to claim medical negligence compensation after it was discovered that a medical swab was left in his body after a surgery, and only detected... Read more

NHS to help NI women with PIP breast implants

While it was recently announced that no PIP breast implants were used by the NHS or private clinics in Northern Ireland, it has been estimated that as many as 400... Read more

Cosmetic surgery firm refuses to replace PIP implants

The cosmetic surgery firm which is believed to have fitted more PIP breast implants than any other UK firm, the Harley Medical Group, has said that it will not be... Read more

PIP breast implants not used in Northern Ireland

Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, Michael McBride, says the controversial PIP breast implants were not used in any private or NHS surgery in Northern Ireland. The PIP breast implants are... Read more

Gov to release review on PIP breast implants soon

The UK government is expected to release its review on PIP breast implants shortly. The implants, made by the French firm Poly Implant Prothese, had been banned by France in... Read more

Class action claim over PIP breast implants

As many as 250 women in the UK who had breast implants made by French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) are bringing a group compensation claim action against the clinics... Read more

Woman burned during pacemaker battery change

Joyce Hardingham, aged 83, is bringing a claim for medical negligence against the hospital she was admitted to for a routine pace-maker battery replacement. According to BBC News, the pensioner was... Read more

NHS medical negligence kills 8000 patients in 13 years

Figures released by the government have revealed that clinical negligence by employees of the NHS, including doctors, nurses and ambulance staff, resulted in the deaths of 8000 patients over a... Read more

Teenager left paralysed after hospital blunder

Birmingham Children's Hospital has admitted liability for an error in the treatment of seventeen year old Sophie Tyler that has resulted in her being paralysed from the waist down, and... Read more

Patient wins medical negligence claim

A woman who was scheduled to undergo a routine operation almost lost her life in Methley Park private hospital in Yorkshire, England, and has successfully won a compensation claim for... Read more

Woman wins £160k medical negligence claim

Joanne Connolly has been awarded £160,000 by the High Court after a nine year medical negligence claim battle against Western Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland. ... Read more

£6m damages for negligent facelift surgery

Penny Johnson has been awarded a compensation payout of £6million by the High Court for damage and loss of earnings resulting from negligent facelift surgery she received in 2003. She brought... Read more

Woman wins £160k medical negligence claim

Joanne Connolly has been awarded £160,000 by the High Court after a nine year medical negligence claim battle against Western Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland. Mrs Connolly is... Read more

Contaminated blood victim fights for compensation

A woman who was one of 5,000 people infected with Hepatitis C after receiving contaminated blood as part of the "worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS" is... Read more

Man given wrong medicine twice slips into coma

Raymond Johnston, aged 49, was given incorrect medical care on two separate visits to the Chesterfield hospital, causing him to slip into a coma in both occasions. Mr Johnston went to... Read more

Plastic surgeon sued by woman left with twitch

Businesswoman Penny Johnson is reportedly suing a plastic surgeon for over £50million because the "experimental" cosmetic procedure she underwent left her with a facial twitch. The cosmetic surgeon being sued is... Read more

Hospital admits negligence that left man paralysed

Steven Johns, aged 23, is to receive medical negligence compensation from the hospital which failed to diagnose his spinal abscess when he was admitted at the age of 19. Mr... Read more

NHS early patient discharge costs millions in claims

According to the Express newspaper, the NHS has successfully been sued for a total of £22.5million in compensation over the last 8 years as a result of patients suffering serious... Read more

Botched kidney transplant left donor requiring kidney

A pharmaceutical industry executive who wanted to donate one of his kidneys to his sick father is to sue Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust for £14million after the surgeon made a... Read more

NI hip replacement patients urged to seek legal advice

People in Northern Ireland who have received hip replacements using the ASR Hip System from DePuy Orthopaedics have been advised to seek legal advice following a recent world-wide recall... Read more

Worldwide Depuy ASR hip replacement device recall

DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, has warned Northern Ireland and other UK hospitals not to implant any further metal-on-metal ASR hip replacement devices and to recall any... Read more

Medical negligence case runs for 27 years

The Health and Social Care Board for Northern Ireland has advised that a medical negligence case has been closed after 27 years with no settlement, with legal fees for the... Read more

Woman with surgical equipment left inside her wins claim

Elizabeth Kane, aged 31, attended St Helier Hospital for the birth of her first child in December 2007 only for surgical equipment to be left inside her body causing infection.... Read more

?3million compensation award for injuries caused at birth

Helen Walker has been awarded compensation of £3million to be paid in lifelong periodic payments for injuries caused to her when she was born 37 years ago at Birmingham Women's... Read more

NI man was let down by hospital

The family of a Northern Ireland (NI) man may instruct their solicitor to launch a compensation claim after an official investigation faulted the care given to him at Belfast's Royal... Read more

Man wins millions in medical negligence claim

A British man has won £5.684 million in compensation after medical negligence at birth left him with severe brain damage, it has been reported.Chad Willis was born at North Tees... Read more

Charges scrapped in Northern Ireland

Prescription charges are to be abolished in Northern Ireland, following an announcement by Ulster's Health Minister yesterday, it has been reported.Michael Gimpsey said it was "unacceptable" that those who are... Read more

GMC reviews patient confidentiality

Patient confidentiality and privacy will be examined after the General Medical Council launches a consultation on its guidance to doctors, a report says.In news that may be of interest to... Read more

Medical negligence claims increasing

New figures released by the State Claims Agency have shown that compensation claims for those who have been the victim of medical negligence in Northern Ireland grew significantly in 2007.... Read more

GPs 'to renew licences'

General practitioners are to face a re-evaluation of their levels of care every five years to protect patient safety, it has been announced.Relicensing will rely on information from annual appraisals... Read more

"Zero tolerance" to hospital infections

There has been "good progress" in Northern Ireland's fight against C difficile infections in hospital, the health minister has said.Michael McGimpsey commented that all five trusts have been working hard... Read more

Post-traumatic study due this month

The 'world's largest' study on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is due to be published this month, Legal & Medical magazine reports.Moving Minds, a psychological services provider, told the publication that... Read more

Out-of-date ambulance door falls off

An ambulance operating in Northern Ireland with a sick pensioner on board was forced to stop when its door fell off its hinges.The news came at a meeting of the... Read more

Maternity closure 'would put lives at risk'

The NHS has been warned that closure of a Northern Ireland maternity unit would put mothers and babies at risk.Lagan Valley Hospital's maternity unit is set for closure, though health... Read more

RoSPA awards celebrate success in workplace safety

A charity has held an awards ceremony recognising the achievements of firms in workplace safety.The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Awards are open to companies in Northern... Read more

New bill to compensate asbestos victims

Women who developed mesothelioma after washing their husbands' work-clothes which were covered in asbestos fibres are to be able to claim compensation.The mesothelioma compensation bill, introduced by Northern Ireland social... Read more

Cutbacks 'could have major effect on Northern Ireland healthcare'

Cutbacks in the amount of money spent on healthcare provided by the NHS in Northern Ireland could "have a major impact on the services [it offers]", according to a union... Read more

Third of ambulances unfit for purpose

One in three ambulances in Northern Ireland have been found to be unfit for purpose because they are too old, according to the Department of Health.The BBC reports that figures... Read more

'Jumbo jet's worth of people killed at work every fortnight'

Enough people die at work to fill a jumbo jet every two weeks, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).This is due to a failure to... Read more

£76m medical negligence bill

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland have secured almost £76 million in compensation for victims of medical negligence in the province over the past five years.According to the BBC, details... Read more

Rise in NI hospital bug cases

The number of people dying after contracting the hospital superbug C Difficile in Northern Ireland rose last year.Figures from the General Registers Office (GRO) revealed that the disease claimed 77... Read more

Rise of the superbug

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland may have to deal with more medical negligence cases after a superbug has reached levels not previously seen in the province.While solicitors in Belfast... Read more

Compensation awarded for dental hell

Legal action against dentists who have been negligent is increasing in Britain and Northern Ireland and a man from Bridgwater who £25,000 in compensation has sent out a warning to... Read more

HIV compensation claims reach UK

Haemophiliacs in Britain and Northern Ireland who were infected with HIV during the 1970s and 80s, due to transfusions with contaminated blood, have won the right to fight for compensation... Read more

Chartered surveyor wins clinical negligence claim

A chartered surveyor from Andover has been handed a six-figure sum in damages after the doctors Royal at Hampshire County Hospital failed to detect his perforated appendix.Philip Russell was paid... Read more

Medical negligence less likely from NI doctors

A study has shown that solicitors receive fewer complaints about doctors who have been trained in Northern Ireland than those who have come overseas to practice.Across Britain and Northern Ireland,... Read more

The eyes have it for proper practice

The number of claims for compensation against opticians in Britain and Northern Ireland has fallen to its lowest level in three years.According to statistics from the General Optical Council (GOC),... Read more

£30m in NI medical negligence compensation

Not including solicitors fees, nearly £30 million has been awarded to patients in Northern Ireland who have sued heath care trusts for medical negligence, according to the Department of Health.Some... Read more

Hospital moves fast to avoid medical claim

Northern Ireland's largest hospital may have avoided a glut of medical negligence claims after it shut its intensive care unit for thorough cleansing.A bacterial infection was detected in two patients,... Read more

Apil says PI reforms should be fair to victims

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) has said that although some of the government's ideas for personal injury (PI) reforms are commendable, legislation should not compromise the rights of... Read more

Meningitis mistake costs a life

The family of a 17-year-old girl is suing the NHS 24 helpline after a nurse advised her to take paracetamol, when she actually had meningitis, which consequently resulted her death.... Read more

Ten PSNI cases thrown out of court

Mr Justice Patrick Coghlin has thrown out claims from all ten of the main complainants in the McClurg case against the Police Authority for Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the Chief... Read more

Hospital settles out of court for baby death

Wythenshawe Hospital has agreed to settle financially with a family's solicitors to avoid a medical negligence case being dragged through the courts.After premature baby Clarke Jackson died following an emergency... Read more

AvMA aims to get justice for Scotland

Patients' charity Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) has announced that it is holding its annual conference in Glasgow this year, as it launches a campaign to improve access to justice... Read more

20-year fight for medical negligence ends

Although solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland do see cases of medical negligence, it is very rare that they have to deal with a case lasting 20 years.Yet, finally a... Read more

Bereavement compensation 'not enough'

The amount of compensation people in Britain and Northern Ireland receive upon the death of a partner could be too low, according to new research.A study produced by the University... Read more

Lack of beds 'sparks baby bug'

It has been claimed that a lack of beds at hospitals in Northern Ireland is resulting in overcrowding and the spread of a potentially deadly virus.The Belfast Telegraph reports that... Read more

Prisoners claim £1 million of compensation

Over the past five years, prisoners in Northern Ireland have received over £1 million in compensation payouts, according to the BBC.Investigators found that £1,107,830 was paid out in compensation claims... Read more