A locum practitioner is one that temporarily fulfils the duty of another. In medicine, locum doctors are routinely brought in to assist and provide cover where the care is needed. Often these can be professionals from abroad.
With the NHS pushed ever harder to meet targets and shrink their budget, locum doctors and nurses are often needed to help take the strain of struggling hospitals and job roles. Despite not knowing the patient and their history, the medical professional will be given training at a new hospital. Sometimes, this training is not good enough, and mistake can happen. Especially in the case of overseas doctors who do not speak English fluently and can sometimes be overwhelmed by the processes of the NHS and hospitals.
Accidents can be caused by a lack of communication between medical staff, and also between the patient and medical staff. Not understanding how a certain hospital and the staff work can also lead to errors being made. These mistakes, especially when someone simply does not understand what they are doing, can have devastating consequences, and they can so easily be avoided. The Medical Accident Group has some of the most experienced solicitors in the country when dealing with locum accidents.
Our expert solicitor Inez Brown helped deliver justice to a man who lost his father after a mistake by a locum doctor from Germany. Following recommendations from both Inez and the coroner, major changes to the law were made that looked to prevent a tragic accident like this happening again.
The results of these accidents are enormous for those affected, and at Medical Accident Group we have compassionate lawyers who understand your situation and will work tirelessly to ensure you get what you deserve, and that the compensation you receive allows you to restore your life to the way it should be. Please call our team for free on 0800 050 1668, and we will provide advice personal to you. We are so much more than just a law firm.