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NHS Doctors fear that patient safety is getting worse

  • March 26, 2018
  • Nine out of ten doctors experienced staff shortages which they believe had an adverse effect on patient safety.

    Researchers were told by one doctor that she cried on her way home because of feeling frustrated and distraught about the poor service being provided to patients.  A number of services expressed concern about the lack of ability to deliver safe patient care in the next 12 months.

    However, a Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said “We are absolutely committed to making the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world, and more staff would now recommend their care to family and friends than ever before.”

    To deal with staff shortages The Royal College of Physicians have proposed investing more money in public health initiatives reducing demand and also relaxing visa restrictions for health workers.

    The Centre for Health and the Public Interest (Thinktank) said private treatment was expected to become a significant source of income for NHS hospital trusts however, a number have lost money and one lost £18m over a six year period.  According to Dr Sarah Walpole, it was not possible to say whether the NHS benefitted financially from devoting resources to the treatment of private patients.

    Inez Brown, Partner

    Inez Brown, Partner and Head of Clinical Negligence at Medical Accident Group said “NHS patients should be receiving proper care at all times and should never be put at risk of receiving poor care as poor care can and does inevitably lead to avoidable errors.”

    As an experienced local Worcester Firm, we have managed to successfully claim compensation for families, who have directly and indirectly suffered a loss due to the negligent actions of NHS Trusts all over the UK.  If you have suffered from poor treatment, Medical Accident Group can help.  We have a team of dedicated clinical negligence solicitors, with over 30 years’ experience, who will guide you through the process of making a claim.  If you believe you have a claim, call the team now on 0800 050 1668 or email us at

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